Former Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa is relived to have left Old Trafford, claims Borussia Dortmund team-mate Sebastian Kehl.
Kagawa moved to Manchester United in 2012 but failed to convince a string of managers at Old Trafford to give him a position in the starting eleven. He made a total of 26 appearances under Sir Alex Ferguson while David Moyes gave him 30 appearances in his first season as the manager at Old Trafford. And it seems that new manager Louis Van Gaal has decided to keep the Japanese play-maker out of his plans at Old Trafford, earning him a move back to Germany, to his former club.
Teammate Sebastian Kehl conveyed that Kagawa was ‘relieved’ to have escaped Old Trafford, stating that he got a lot of faith at Borussia Dortmund which prompted him to move back to play under Klopp.
“You could see that it was a huge relief for Shinji Kagawa [to have left Manchester United for Dortmund].”
“It was not an easy situation for him at Manchester in the past few weeks. And then there were some comments from his coach that prompted him to return to Dortmund.”
Kehl went to say that Kagawa will ‘get everything’ that he was missing at Manchester United, including the respect of the manager and the players.
“He gets a lot of faith here. Everything that he’s been missing in the past few months, he’ll get back here again.”
Talking about his return to Dortmund himself, Kagawa revealed that he had never ruled out the possibility of returning to his former club, stating that he was glad that the club still regarded him highly. However the Japanese play-maker revealed that it was his dream to play in the English Premier League and that he is now delighted to have returned to Borussia Dortmund.
“The day I left, I said in an interview that the chapter Borussia Dortmund was not closed in my life. I wanted to fulfil my dream of playing in the Premier League.”
“Now I am simply delighted to be back in Dortmund with this fantastic team and set-up and these unique fans.”
“BVB is like a family and I am proud that they did not forget me and that I can belong to it once more.”
It now remains to be seen how Kagawa deals with his comeback to the Bundesliga and if he can quickly earn his place back in Klopp’s starting eleven.