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Shunsuke Mito joins Sparta Rotterdam

We would like to announce that Shunsuke Mito has joined Eredivisie, Sparta Rotterdam from Albirex Niigata.

Shunsuke’s comment for Albirex Niigata

“Albirex Niigata welcoming me in was the beginning of everything for me. Within the wonderful atmosphere of this club, I've continued to strive for growth alongside teammates who also seek improvement. That's why I am here now. I'm truly glad I chose this team.

Becoming a professional football player was a goal for me. When I started my journey as a pro, playing overseas was just a vague dream. However, as I experienced Japan's top level and sensed the global standards, I felt the desire to aim higher. My dream gradually turned into a goal.

Therefore, I strongly felt the urge to take on the challenge presented to me this time. Knowing life only happens once, I made the decision to play overseas. I want to exhibit what I've cultivated in Niigata, earn the team's trust, aim for playing time, and contribute solid results to the team's victories.

Furthermore, I'd like to express my gratitude to every supporter of Niigata. When I participated in activities with the various age groups of the Japanese national team, fellow players often said, "Niigata supporters are amazing." Every time I heard that, it made me happy and proud of Niigata. I've been striving to respond to the unity and passion that you create, both at home and away matches.

I understand there might be various opinions about my departure from Albirex Niigata. Honestly, leaving beloved Niigata is truly saddening. Nonetheless, I've made the decision to challenge myself in pursuit of my goal. It might be selfish, but I hope for your continued support.

From Mito-chan to being called Mito-san, I'll do my best! Thank you so much for the past three years!."