By Peter Weis@PeterVicey

Mainz sporting director denies interest in Yoshinori Muto

FSV Mainz sporting director Rouven Schröder quickly put to rest any talk Yoshinori Muto returning to the Bundesliga side that he once starred for. A move to the Bundesliga may still happen, however.
In an interview with online portal fußball.news earlier this morning, FSV Mainz sporting director Rouven Schröder has denied reports that the Pfälzer-verein are interested in re-acquiring former striker Yoshinori Muto from Premiership club Newcastle United.

“Muto was a meritorious player and a great personality,” the 44-year-old told the site, “all the same, he’s not at all a subject of our considerations. This has nothing to do with his form, but rather the current offensive quality of our roster.”

Website Fußballtransfers.com reports that the other three Bundesliga clubs said to be interested in obtaining Muto on loan this season remain potential destinations for the 28-year-old forward. FC Köln, Arminia Bielefeld, and FC Augsburg are, according to unspecified sources, said to have put out feelers.

Whether or not Muto ends up returning to Germany, another season at St. James’ Park seems unlikely. Muto has managed only two tallies in 28 appearances for the Magpies over two seasons. A loan in the final year of his contract would, at the very least, appear sensible.

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