Shinji Kagawa’s Manchester United future has been in question for some time.
It has nothing to do with his talent, but everything to do with how he fits into the club who signed him from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2012.
For an initial fee of around £12million, United got one of the most exciting attacking-midfield talents in the game. But things did not go according to plan, with injury and competition for places ensuring he rarely featured under Sir Alex Ferguson.
With David Moyes in charge, things looked up, with Kagawa playing a far greater role in the second half of this campaign. And after starting Ryan Giggs’ first match in temporary charge, it seems the 25-year-old does have a big future at United after all.
But that has not stopped a former teammate generating a headline or two with comments regarding his possible return to Germany.
“Having an offensive line with (Marco) Reus, (Henrikh) Mkhitaryan and Kagawa would certainly be stylish.”
It certainly would, and Jurgen Klopp is so obviously enamoured by his former charge that he would surely take him back in a heartbeat if the possibility presented itself.
But recent reports have suggested that Kagawa wants to remain at United for a while yet. And having now settled in at the club, and with a new boss soon to arrive, few would blame Kagawa for wanting to see what next season brings before he admits defeat in his Premier League adventure.
Kagawa is a truly gifted player and he offers much to this United side. Used effectively, he could still become the superstar many tipped him to be when he arrived. But it is clear that if he does leave, he will always have a home in Dortmund.