Honda, 27, is contracted to Russian Premier League outfit CSKA Moscow until December this year but after starring for club and country, a move seems likely.

Italian giants Milan are reportedly leading the chase for Honda, who bagged five goals in eight matches for Japan in the final round of FIFA World Cup qualifying as he led them to football's biggest stage next year.

Honda, who is capable of playing in midfield or just behind the striker in a free role, scored seven goals in 23 top-flight matches last season for CSKA as they won the Russian title.

He feels the time is right to move on and believes the sky is the limit in regards to his improvement, if he moves to a big club.

"I don't know where I'll be taking the next step yet, but I know I've got a chance to play for a big club. I have until August so I'll wait and see," Honda told The Japan Times.

"If I go to a big club, I'll become an infinitely better player. The improvement I'll make then will be anything but minor.

"I'm the type to soak up everything and anything in my surroundings, and if I play with better players, I'll get better. It's how I've been able to get this far in my career."