Villa did approach the Bundesliga club about the Japanese playmaker earlier in the transfer window, but have not followed up their initial interest.
Faulkner told fans in a webchat: “No. We did make an enquiry about the player, but only the sort of enquiry that we make about lots of players during a transfer window.
“For some reason – and I have no idea why – his club decided to make that public, but the fact is that our interest never went beyond that initial enquiry.”
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