Antlers’ Caio leaves for UAE’s Al Ain

Antlers’ Caio leaves for UAE’s Al Ain

Kashima Antlers on Tuesday announced the full transfer of Caio to UAE club Al Ain, though the winger hopes for a return. 

The 22-year-old Sao Paulo native joined Antlers after graduating from a Japanese high school in 2014 and was named that season’s Best Young Player. 

He leaves the J.League having recorded 23 goals in 78 appearances and hopes for a return to Kashima Stadium one day.

“I’m incredibly grateful for all of the fans who have supported me since the day I joined Antlers,” Caio said in a statement. “I’m sorry for those who will be saddened by this announcement.

“I hope that I can return to Kashima one day and repay the club. From today I’ll walk down a new path but I’ll continue to support Kashima Antlers and hope you’ll continue to support me in my new challenge.”