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Hiroshi Kiyotake returns to Cerezo Osaka

Japanese playmaker Hiroshi Kiyotake has returned to Cerezo Osaka from Sevilla on a permanent basis.

The move was confirmed by Cerezo’s director, Kiyoshi Okuma on Wednesday as the J.League’s winter transfer market closed this mid-week.

Kiyotake, 27, left Cerezo for German Bundesliga side Nurnberg in 2012 after scoring 19 goals in 85 appearances in all competitions.

The former Oita Trinita youth graduate made just four appearances with Sevilla this season as he found his game-time was limited under Jorge Sampaoli.