Shinji Kagawa’s time at Manchester United could be coming to an end, with multiple reports in Spain suggesting that the Japanese international has been offered to Valencia.
The 25-year-old endured a dismal 2013-14 season at Old Trafford under David Moyes, failing to score in his 30 appearances, with his future at the club thrown into further doubt following a poor World Cup campaign.
Despite hopes of a fresh start following Louis van Gaal’s arrival, Kagawa was left on the bench for the first two Premier League matches of the season, and the Dutchman appeared to criticise him after United’s 1-1 draw with Sunderland, when explaining his decision to bring on Adnan Januzaj in central midfield.
‘Kagawa, I have tried to play him in that position in the US and he could not fulfil my wishes and my philosophy,’ he said.
‘We have spoken about that and he is more of a 10.
‘[Juan] Mata was playing at 10 and I thought I had to change the other players, which is why I chose to bring on Januzaj.
‘It is because of creation. Kagawa can also create, but I asked Adnan to play there because of the lack of midfielders.’
Kagawa started in the shock 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat to MK Dons but was forced off after just 20 minutes due to suffering a concussion and, with United’s plethora of attacking options in his position, future first-team minutes will continue to be scarce.
The former Borussia Dortmund star did show flashes of skill during his first season at the club, however, having been billed as one of the brightest talents in the Bundesliga prior to his £17 million move to England in June 2012.
Nevertheless, it appears as though Kagawa will now have to look elsewhere to revitalise his once-promising career and a move to Valencia, who have cash to spend following Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim's takeover, could be the first step in that process.