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Zaccheroni: Honda has mental strength to handle AC Milan move

Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni is confident Keisuke Honda can handle his move to AC Milan.

Honda arrived in Milan over the weekend from CSKA Moscow.

"In my view, he is a top player," Japan Coach Zaccheroni told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"He's certainly a great signing and I am astounded Keisuke hadn't reached one of the most important Leagues before. Perhaps it was the transfer fee causing the problem, as it wasn't easy for Milan to take him away from CSKA Moscow.

"He has character as well as strength, technique and stamina. He's naturally left-footed, has a great shot, takes good free kicks and is very difficult to knock down.

"Honda is an atypical Japanese player, even though he himself is very tied to his homeland. When he talks, it is never something banal.

"He's a character and that is essential at Milan. You could have the technique of Diego Maradona, but if you don't have character then you won't last long at Milan."

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