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Ao Tanaka provides a three-word update to reporters in the midst of Leeds United’s transfer attempt.

After his deal to Leeds United fell through, Fortuna Dusseldorf midfielder Ao Tanaka delivered a brief update to media.

Leeds withdrew out of a deal to recruit Tanaka on Tuesday [29 August] amid claims he was hurt in a “horror” training incident [Rheinische Post].

Ao Tanaka
Ao Tanaka

However, a further update by Sky Sports Germany on Wednesday [30 August] claimed that was the cause for the failed transfer, with Leeds simply deciding the 24-year-old lacked the traits they were looking for.

Tanaka appeared to affirm his injury-free status when he told reporters at Dusseldorf’s training field on August 30: “I am healthy.”

The focus shifts elsewhere.

It is unusual for a transfer to progress as far as this one without being completed.

Ao Tanaka
Ao Tanaka

Injuries arise, as do complications involving finer personal details and previously undiscovered issues revealed by a medical exam.

But it’s weird for Leeds to pull the plug on signing 19-cap Japan international Tanaka because they’ve decided they don’t want him.

The Whites desperately need to recruit a central midfielder before the transfer window ends, but a move for RangersGlen Kamara has also fallen through.

Leeds United
Leeds United

Others have been connected with a move to Elland Road, which might make for a frantic finish before the 11 p.m. deadline on September 1.

The one certainty is that Tanaka will not be wearing a Leeds shirt after the odd events of the last several days.

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