TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Pratama Arhan explained why he chose the number 38 shirt at Tokyo Verdy, not 11 or 12 as he usually wears at PSIS Semarang and the Indonesian national team.
“The number on the back is nothing special. Indeed, I want the numbers 11 and 12 there to be used. So 38, I think that’s a good number too,” said Arhan during a press conference for the release of Arhan Primary by PSSI General Chair, Mochamad Iriawan , at PSSI Office, Friday, March 4, 2022.
The 20-year-old player wore number 11 at PSIS Semarang. In the Indonesian national team, he wore 12 when appearing in the 2020 AFF Cup.
In preparation for playing at Tokyo Verdy, Arhan is also studying Japanese. Currently, he is looking for a Japanese tutor and will study in person on line.
Arhan explained his reason for choosing to dock at Tokyo Verdy. Previously there were several other clubs that were reportedly interested in him.
“I think the Japanese League is good, the league already offered one year ago. I think Japan is among the best in Asia. So I decided to choose here, and as a team and also their game is good,” he said.
Arhan hopes to quickly adapt to life in Japan. He has not been able to target when he can penetrate the Tokyo Verdy main squad.
Meanwhile, Arhan’s agent, Dusan Bogdanovic, said that there were indeed many clubs who wanted Arhan. However, Tokyo Verdy has been eyeing Arhan since the 2021 Menpora Cup.
Dusan said that there were many offers for Arhan after he performed well in the 2020 AFF Cup. However, Dusan had been in communication with Tokyo Verdy since one year ago.
“About a year ago, during the 2021 Menpora Cup, I gave Arhan documentation to Tokyo Verdy, after that they checked all the data,” said Dusan.
Dusan revealed that the Japanese club had actually been interested in Arhan since August last year, but at that time it was still the Covid-19 pandemic. “After the AFF Cup there was an online zoom meeting and an agreement with Tokyo Verdy,” said Dusan.
Regarding Primary Arhan’s departure to Japan to join Tokyo Verdy, Dusan said it might be next week because they still have to wait for the visa issuance from the Japanese government.
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