Bender: Dortmund have replaced Kagawa with 'insane quality'

The midfielder is very pleased with the arrival of Marco Reus and the return of Mario Gotze to full match fitness, despite acknowledging the 'loss' of the Japanese playmaker
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Sven Bender has expressed his delight with the club's transfer dealings, stating that they have replaced Manchester United-bound playmaker Shinji Kagawa with "insane quality".

The reigning Bundesliga champions lost the Japanese player to the Premier League side, but brought in Marco Reus, Leonardo Bittencourt, Julian Schieber and Oliver Kirch to strengthen their squad, while Mario Gotze will be at full strength again after a lengthy injury absence last term.

"Shinji's departure is a loss, that's obvious. But we've brought in insane quality," Bender told the club's official website.

"Marco Reus is a great player. Let's see what the coach is planning in attack.

"And we've got another 'new one'. Mario Gotze. He has not really played since December, he was injured for a huge amount of time.

"Marco Reus and Mario Gotze as new additions. Sounds pretty good, right? I imagine that some of the Bundesliga envy us."

The midfielder then went on to discuss the club's ambition - to achieve qualification for the Champions League again in 2012-13.

"It's okay to say [that we want to be in the Champions League]. We have won two consecutive league titles. Of course we want to be in the Champions League," he concluded.