Kagawa makes Dortmund return

Attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa has left Manchester United and returned to former club Borussia Dortmund for a deal worth £6.3m, the Daily Mail has reported.

The Japan star left the German club for Manchester in the summer of 2012 for £12m, but struggled for much of his time at Old Trafford. A combination of injuries and the competition for his place in the side ensured that he was regularly left out of the starting XI by Sir Alex Ferguson and his successor David Moyes.

Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has been open in his criticism of United for Kagawa’s lack of playing time, and has now brought him back to the club where he won the Bundesliga title in 2011 and 2012, making 71 appearances and scoring 29 goals.

At United he scored just six goals in 57 outings, with all of those coming in the 2012-13 season. The 25-year-old will now hope that he can resurrect his career at the Westfalenstadion, after he was deemed surplus to requirements by new Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal.

‘The possibility of signing Shinji Kagawa from Manchester United only arose for the first time in the last few days’, said Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc. ‘Naturally we decided to add his enormous quality to our squad once again.’

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