Sakai joins Bundesliga side Hanover
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Bundesliga club Hanover have announced the signing of Japanese defender Hiroki Sakai from Kashiwa Reysol on a three-year deal.

Hanover coach Mirko Slomka will, however, have to do without the 22-year-old for the forseeable future as Sakai is involved in Japan's 2012 Olympic campaign.

Sakai recently helped Kashiwa Reysol win the Japanese league title and scored the only goal for his side in a 3-1 defeat to FC Santos in the semi-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup.

Hanover finished seventh in Germany's Bundesliga, meaning they will have to play qualifiers for the UEFA Europa League before being guaranteed a European campaign.