Klopp not optimistic of landing United playmaker.
Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out the possibility of bringing Shinji Kagawa back to the club from Manchester United this summer, according to the Daily Express.
The Japanese midfielder was a big hit in his two seasons with the Bundesliga club, and Dortmund fans have launched a popular Twitter campaign to bring the 24-year-old back after his disappointing time at Old Trafford.
Kagawa had an underwhelming first season with United in a campaign disrupted by injuries, leading Dortmund’s fans to plead with the Premier League champions to ‘free’ him and allow him to return to Germany.
Kagawa himself has previously hinted that he would like to return to Dortmund at some point in his career, though he has also expressed a desire to prove himself in England with improved performances this season.
His former manager Klopp has reinforced this claim, saying it would not be an option to bring the skillful playmaker back to the club this summer.
“[Coming back] is not an option for him this year and not an option for us,” Klopp is quoted as saying. “This was made obvious quite quickly.
“Shinji wants to prove himself at Man United this season.
“I didn’t think the response would be any different but better safe than sorry.”
Kagawa scored 29 goals in 71 appearances for Dortmund, but only managed six for United last season, and made just 20 appearances in the Premier League.