The club announced that Urawa Reds will not extend a contract with Tatsuya Tanaka for the next season.
Tatsuya Tanaka, 29, is what we call a Wonder Boy.
Since he joined Urawa in 2001, his play, especially his aggressive dribble, has fascinated many supporters.
In 2003, Tatyuya won both J. League Cup NVP and its New Hero Award.
In 2005, however, he was seriously hurt when the opponent defender tackled him.
He must have been annoyed with himself due to his perpetual injuries since then.
His leaving may be inevitable because he could play for only 106 minutes in total this season in spite of his highly paid.
Anew generation power like Haraguchi has been rising, so that may be one of facrors Tatsuya has been ignored.
Yesterday, I visited a small retrospective exhibition called "The History of URAWA REDS" in Parco.
Seeing panels, uniforms and flags, I lamented a loss of a past superstar who was the real player of the Golden Age.
I really want Reds to win the Emperor's Cup for Tatsuya as his last best memory.