After a difficult first season at Manchester United followed his excellent two year spell at Borussia Dortmund, it was always likely Shinji Kagawa would be linked with a return to the German club, especially when they sold Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich.
However Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that, when approached, the Japanese player made it clear he had no intention on giving up at Manchester United just yet.
"This is not an issue for him this year, not even for us," Klopp told Sky Deutschland.
"It was clear relatively quickly, Shinji wants to prevail this year at Manchester United. I did not expect a different answer, you just have to ask even once."
Having struggled with injuries in his first season at Old Trafford, as well as often being played out of position, there is some justification for Kagawa’s failure to settle, but the midfielder knows he will need a big second year at United to live up to the reported £17million Manchester United paid for him last summer.
One factor that might help the Japanese player is Wayne Rooney’s situation at Old Trafford, with the England international apparently at loggerheads with the club and keen to move to Chelsea this summer.
David Moyes is expected to speak with Rooney this week to settle his future, and has previously said he will not sell the striker, but if he does leave then Kagawa could be given more opportunities in his preferred attacking midfield role.
However Moyes also seems keen to sign another midfielder to play in that position, with Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara both targeted this summer. Manchester United do need another player in the middle of the park, but Moyes would be best served bringing in someone to play behind Kagawa, as the Japanese player has all the attributes to be the goal-scoring midfielder the Scot is after.
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