Japanese international edges closer to Old Trafford move.
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It’d be good to play in the Premier League, says Kagawa after meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson
Borussia Dortmund’s attacking midfielder spoke with reporters upon his arrival in Japan revealing he’s been contacted by several clubs but wants a team where he can be challenged
The 23-year-old Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder has become hot property after the club’s sporting director Michael Zorc revealed that the Japanese has turned down a contract extension past his current deal, which expires in 2013.
Kagawa’s agent Thomas Kroth confirmed to Goal.com that the pair had flown to Manchester on Tuesday, before the Samurai Blue star returned to his homeland, where he spoke with reporters shortly after his arrival.
The Japanese said that several clubs had contacted him on his future, and revealed that playing in England’s Premier League interested him.
“I have not decided yet,” Kagawa said about his future following his meeting with the Red Devils manager, who watched him play in Saturday’s 5-2 DFB-Pokal final victory over Bayern Munich.
Kagawa continued: “Ferguson gave me good words. Several clubs contacted me but I cannot say which is the best.
“I want to choose the club where I can challenge. It would be good to play in the Premier League.”
This report would appear to suggest that Sir Alex Ferguson is closing in on Borussia Dortmund’s attacking midfielder, a player who has been in fine form over the past two seasons and a player who could well add some much needed creativity to Man United’s midfield.
The 23 year old Japanese international helped his side to back to back Bundesliga titles during his time at the Westfalenstadion, notching up 29 goals and 15 assists in the process. Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp will be loathed to lose such a talented player but having suffered a similar disappointment when Nuri Sahin left for Real Madrid last summer, the young manager may well feel such a deal is inevitable.
Ferguson went on a personal scouting mission to watch Kagawa at the German Cup Final, during which the Kobe born attacker scored and laid on an assist in Dortmund 5-2 win over Bayern Munich, and was no doubt suitably impressed in his prospective target.
Kagawa is more commonly used in an advanced central midfield role, supporting those in striking roles, and is perhaps a type of player Man United have missed in recent seasons. Indeed Cristiano Ronaldo filled a similar floating role prior to his move to the Bernabeu and another source of firepower and flair may be seen as an improvement on the current options in the Old Trafford squad currently.