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Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011

Niigata's Sakai on loan to Stuttgart


Stuttgart Germany — Stuttgart said Thursday it has signed Japan defender Gotoku Sakai from Albirex Niigata on loan until June 2013.

The Bundesliga club said it has taken an option to sign Sakai to a longer deal. The defender can play on both flanks.

The 20-year-old Sakai has a German mother. He joins Japan striker Shinji Okazaki on Stuttgart's squad.

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