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Chelsea keeper Cech impressed by progress of Japanese football

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is keeping a close eye on football's progress in Japan.

The Club World Cup was Cech's second visit to Japan, following an international fixture with the Czech Republic, and he is impressed at the direction in which local football is heading.

"Japanese football is growing and you can see how many kids are interested. I was here with the national team and the atmosphere was great. Football has a big tradition here and is very popular," he told chelseafc.com.

"Shinji Kagawa going to Man United was a big step for Japanese football, especially as he's now in the Premier League. Nakata was the first one, and it's always good when one player moves as others tend to follow."

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