Groningen has announced that they have triggered the option to sign Ritsu Doan on a permanent deal. 

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The midfielder joined on an initial one-year-loan deal from Japanese side Gamba Osaka, but there was a clause in the contract which allowed Groningen to sign him permanently for around €2 million.

There were doubts that Groningen could afford to keep the 19-year-old, who has become a firm fan favourite, but the club confirmed on Monday that Doan will remain, and sign a contract until 2021.

Doan has scored nine goals and contributed four assists in 29 appearances this season.

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