He came, he saw, he failed to conquer, and now he is going back to his old club.
Shinji Kagawa’s spell at Manchester United is over as the Japan international has rejoined his former club Borussia Dortmund on a four-year contract.
Often played out of position by both Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes, Kagawa proved to be just a squad player over the past two seasons, and has now been allowed to leave by new United boss Louis van Gaal.
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Kagawa will go down in United’s history as a player who failed, but to Juan Mata, he will not be so. The Spain international midfielder, who joined the Manchester outfit from Chelsea in January 2014 for £37.1 million, sent an emotional farewell message to Kagawa.
‘I would also like to wish all the best to Shinji Kagawa, a fantastic player but especially a great person’, the 26-year-old wrote on his blog. ‘It’s been a pleasure to be his team-mate and I’m sure both Borussia Dortmund and fans everywhere will enjoy his football again’.
Kagawa is a very talented player, and despite his failings in England, he has every scope to recover his form and establish himself as one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe.
Playing under Jurgen Klopp at BVB should bring out the best in Kagawa. United’s loss is Dortmund’s gain.