Marukawa Makes Sure to Leave Persebaya

Japanese midfielder and Persebaya’s top scorer in BRI Liga 1 this season, Taisei Marukawa, said goodbye to the team and confirmed that he would not extend his contract next season.

“This message is very difficult for me to write because it’s time to say goodbye to the Green Force,” Marukawa wrote via his personal Instagram account, @taiseimarukawa, Thursday (31/3) night.

In the upload that was displayed along with a photo of him celebrating with his colleagues after scoring a goal, Marukawa also explained the reason for saying goodbye.

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“First of all I’m very sad, I can’t agree a new contract with Persebaya. But this is football and I understand that this situation can happen,” he said.

“However, this season has been very beautiful for me. Thank you for all the great memories guys. I believe we are one of the best teams in Indonesia and if we play with a full squad no one can beat,” he added.

Marukawa also expressed his gratitude to the entire team, coaches, staff as well as bonek and bonita supporters.

“Hopefully one day we can work together again. This city and club will be in my heart forever. Greetings One Guts Wani!” he said.

Marukawa is a foreign player who is playing in the Indonesian League for the first time. However, he managed to prove his quality by packing 17 goals and 10 assists.

The Hiroshima-born player, 25 years ago, started his career in Europe with Senglea Athletic FC and spent two seasons competing in the top competition in Malta.

Marukawa moved to a fellow Maltese club, Valleta, until finally tasting the Europa League qualifying match while in Noah Jurmala’s uniform, early last year.

Meanwhile, the official Persebaya account @officialpersebaya replied to Marukawa’s statement in the comments column.

“Sayonara Marukawa. WANI?,” he wrote.

The post he uploaded got more than 5,500 comments in just an hour.

Of the thousands of comments, there are also comments from Kaesang Pangarep, who is the boss of Persis Solo, the team that will be promoted to Liga 1 next season.

Hello, Mas,” wrote Kaesang briefly using the Instagram account @kaesanghp.

The comment also made the impression that the issue of Marukawa joining the League 2 champion team was getting louder. (Ant/OL-1)