Turkish escape route on offer for Manchester United outcast Kagawa

Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is reportedly keen on bringing the Japanese international to Galatasaray.

Shinji Kagawa found himself criticised this week for his performances with national team Japan, a rarity considering his usually imperious performances for the Samurai Blues.

But given the fact that he has barely played football for Manchester United this season, it would always be a struggle for him to play at the highest level.

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Kagawa is down the pecking order under David Moyes at Old Trafford, and he made it clear that this was a problem when it comes to recapturing his best form:

"It's different [playing for Japan] from the atmosphere at United, but you still get a good feel for being on the pitch when you play regularly. Maybe it's because I'm not used to being on the pitch of late, but I didn't feel like I was able to enter these two games properly. Personally, I felt strongly after these two matches that I need to play more …’’

Kagawa has struggled with fitness problems since arriving in England, but Moyes once proclaimed himself a massive fan of the Bundesliga, to the point where he found himself linked with the manager vacancy at Schalke 04. But if that was true he would undoubtedly know of the huge talent Kagawa possesses,

United fans have campaigned on Twitter to give him an extended run in the first-team, while Borussia Dortmund fans want to bring him back to Germany.

But a one-time scourge of United also has his eye on him. It is reported that Roberto Mancini wants to bring him in to Galatasaray.

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The Italian, who once masterminded great rivals Manchester City to a Premier League title, sees Kagawa as the Turkish clubs latest ambitious recruit - to join the likes of Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder at the Turk Telecom Arena.

Kagawa, you’d expect, considers himself good enough to play at a higher standard than the Turkish league - but it would afford him first-team football and Champions League football as well.

But whether that would be enough to convince him of a Turkish switch remains to be seen.

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