In an exclusive interview with FOX Soccer, Milan attacker Keisuke Honda spoke about his future plans to help develop youth players in America. The Japanese international also did not rule out a potential stint in Major League Soccer.
Last month, Keisuke Honda planned a trip to America while having a few off days to himself away from his usual obligations with the rossoneri.
Honda, according to FOX Soccer’s own Kyle McCarthy, held a clinic in Carson, California at the StubHub Center for 100 local children, introducing the hopeful soccer pros to 1 of his 50 soccer academies back in Japan. The playmaker has aspirations of expanding his brand to other continents and observes the U.S. as a main destination.
Of course, Honda is still in the prime of his playing career and still has much left to achieve in football, yet the urgency is there for him to begin developing immediately. Here are a few excerpts from his exclusive interview with McCarthy, however the entire article on the former CSKA Moscow man could be read here >>> http://www.foxsports.com/soccer/story/japan-ac-milan-midfielder-keisuke-honda-united-states-plans-feature-011816
Honda, who credits his success to hard work and countless hours of dedication to his dream of playing for Milan, explained his reasoning for wanting to develop other young soccer players:
“I was not talented. There were many good players around me when I was young. I thought I needed to train independently. What I did, I created a lot of training for myself.”
“Why do I want to educate kids in the United States? Well, I believe the kids in the United States have a lot of potential, talent-wise..I wasn’t talented when I was young. I had huge dreams to play for AC Milan and for big clubs in the world when I was young. I believe that most children can reach their goals if they train with our philosophy, with our training programs.”
Milan’s number 10 on the club’s struggles since his move back in January 2014:
“Since I came here, we had a very difficult moment. We didn’t make good results over the past two years. I know the supporters are not happy with us. But I still won’t give up. I’m looking to make good results in the near future. Especially in this new year, we have a new trainer [Mihajlovic]. I believe we can make good results.”
Lastly, while developing youngsters abroad remains a priority, Honda also did not rule out playing in the rapidly expanding Major League Soccer (MLS):
“I’m very interested in MLS, even as a player, but I don’t know if I will play or not. I would say that MLS is a developing soccer league in the world. There are a lot of famous players coming to MLS.”
“Let’s say that I have a lot of big dreams in the United States in the future.We have a good team. We still can’t say all of them. I want to surprise you in the future. Keep your eyes open.”