One of Manchester United’s most under-used players Shinji Kagawa, has reportedly rejected a summer exit from Old Trafford as he bids to make a success of himself in the Premier League.
The Japanese international midfielder arrived in the summer of 2012 from Borussia Dortmund with high hopes, but he failed to win a regular starting place in then-boss Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.
The Scot’s retirement in the summer meant it was a clean slate for Kagawa, however, under current boss David Moyes the situation remains the same and he has found himself to be on most occasions this season surplus to requirements or played out of position.
In recent weeks, reports had been circulating that former club Dortmund were willing to make an official bid to re-sign the player, however, according to German pundit Raphael Honigstein, Kagawa has rejected the idea by reiterating his desire to remain at Manchester United.
Was told today that Dortmund were lining up an official bid for Kagawa. (NOT a swap) Won't happen now - Shinji wants to stay.— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) abril 21, 2014
Shinji Kagawa has been used sparingly throughout the season, making just 11 Premier League starts and contributing with two assists.
The January transfer window signing of Juan Mata hasn’t helped his cause to win a first-team place, though he has been used more often since Robin Van Persie picked up a lengthy injury – starting five of the last seven games in all competitions.
With just four Premier League matches remaining, three of those being at Old Trafford against bottom six opponents, Kagawa will be keen to finish the season on a personal high and remind the Old Trafford hierarchy that he still has much to offer the team.