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Gaku Shibasaki joins Spanish club Tenerife

Kashima Antlers midfielder Gaku Shibasaki has joined Spanish Segunda division club, Club Deportiva Tenerife on loan until the end of the season.

The 24-year-old initially was expected to join Las Palmas, but the proposed transfer fell through after the Primera Division outfit decided not to sign him.

Shibasaki helped Kashima to a Japanese double title last year, with The Antlers claiming a record eighth J. League championship title and the Emperor’s Cup.

The Japanese international rose to prominence and caught attention after netting a brace for Kashima in the final of the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup against Real Madrid.