Dortmund's Watzke hopeful of Kagawa stay

The general manager has stated his intent to keep the attacking midfielder beyond the expiration of his contract, and revealed his crowning moment of the season
Hans-Joachim Watzke has played down reports linking Shinji Kagawa with a summer departure from Borussia Dortmund after insisting that the club want to retain the Japan international.

The attacking midfielder's contract expires at the end of the 2012-13 campaign and rumours have circulated that he is mulling over leaving the German champions in favour of trying his luck in the Premier League.

However, after Saturday's 2-1 victory over Schalke, the general manager said: "I think he will still be playing at Dortmund beyond the end of next season, but you can never be sure.

"We want to keep him and extend his contract. He wants to go to England? I don't know, but I keep hearing things in the press."

Watzke was also quizzed on what match he felt was the single most decisive result of the season, and he opined that the 3-1 away success at Wolfsburg on April 7 made all the difference.

"The most important victory of the season was the one in Wolfsburg, we laid the foundations for the rest of the campaign," he said.

"There we proved that we could win the rest of our games."

Watzke then went on to console with BVB's rivals Bayern Munich, claiming that they should not be downcast with their performance throughout the season and instead accept that Jurgen Klopp's men have been the better team.

"Bayern are actually having a very good season; it does not change anything if we are champions," commented the general manager.

"Over the whole year they showed a strong performance; we were just a little better."