Dortmund still keen on United star Kagawa

Just days after being rebuffed in their attempts to bring Shinji Kagawa back to Germany Borussia Dortmund has once again gone public in their desire to re-sign the Japanese star.

The talented playmaker only moved to Old Trafford last summer in a £12 million deal and showed glimpses of his talent impressing in patches despite struggling with a succession of niggling injuries and a failure to hold down a regular place.

The 24 year old made his name during a two year stint with Dortmund and has been linked with a move back to the Bundleliga in recent weeks, however despite rumours of a summer exit the player has stated his desire to stay and prove himself at Old Trafford with his former boss Jurgen Klopp revealing “This is not an issue for him this year, not even for us,”

“It was clear relatively quickly, Shinji wants to prevail this year at Manchester United. I did not expect a different answer, you just have to ask even once.”

Klopp also revealed that he is in regular contact with the player and his agent adding “I’m always right in the picture about what the lad’s up to.”

Despite Klopp’s closeness to the playmaker and his revelation that a move is unlikely to happen, the very public flirtation has continued with Dortmund’s chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has reiterated his desire to bring Kagawa back to the club at some stage in the future.

Watzke previously announced at the end of July that ‘the door is always open’ for Kagawa at the Westfalenstadion and he repeated his stance in an interview with Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung saying: “It’s a fact that Shinji said on his own accord that he can imagine a transfer back to our club in the future. That is delightful news for our club.

“Shinji Kagawa is a great player, he had great success at our club, and we would definitely consider him if this ever becomes a possibility.”

Dortmund however will have to be patient in their pursuit with the player expected to have a bigger role at Old Trafford this season under new United boss David Moyes. Kagawa made 26 appearances in all competitions last season scoring 6 goals and creating 5.

Trevor Keane

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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