Kagawa snubs transfer rumours and hopes to regain Dortmund spot

The Japan international has been limited to three Bundesliga starts this campaign and hopes his starring role against Legia Warsaw can boost his chances of getting regular games


Shinji Kagawa says he has no intention of leaving Borussia Dortmund, insisting he will “give everything” to show he can be an important player for the club.

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Despite being a first-team regular for two seasons following his return to Dortmund from Manchester United in 2014, the Japan international has lost his place in Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI this campaign.

Kagawa has started just three Bundesliga games for the Signal Iduna Park side, while his display in Dortmund’s 8-4 Champions League win over Legia Warsaw was his second appearance in the competition.

The 27-year-old played the full game against the Polish side, scoring twice and setting up another as the two sides set a record for the highest scoring game in the competition.

The lack of regular football has prompted reports that Kagawa could return to Japan, with Yokohama F. Marinos being named as a potential destination.

However, Kagawa feels he still has a lot to offer at Dortmund and hopes his impressive showing in midweek is enough to show he deserves a more significant role.

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"I want to show I can play in matches here and I will give everything for it,” he told Goal.

"I needed these goals and that assist for my confidence. That match has been very important for me.”

The former Cerezo Osaka star admits he has had a tough time in Germany over the last few months, but hopes to earn Tuchel’s trust in training.

“I got several chances already this season, but I never really took them. It is a difficult phase for me.

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“I know I have to improve and give everything in training to be a part of the next games, too.”

Kagawa enjoyed two incredible seasons at Dortmund before he left to join United. A lack of first-team opportunities saw him return to Germany three seasons later and he is currently contracted to the Bundesliga side until June 2018.