Hiroshi Kiyotake sold by Sevilla to former side Cerezo Osaka

Sevilla have announced the sale of midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake to his former club Cerezo Osaka.

Kiyotake, 27, joined Sevilla from Hannover last summer but has struggled for playing time this campaign, making four La Liga appearances.

The Japan international now returns to his ex-side Cerezo Osaka, who he left in 2012 for a move to Nurnberg.

Sevilla sporting director Monchi said of Kiyotake: "With him, it was not just about playing, he also left because of personal reasons.

"We have defended the club's interests but we are also mindful of the player as a person."