Manchester United have begun to offload their underperforming players, with Shinji Kagawa switching back to Borussia Dortmund, reports the BBC. Kagawa has already played for the German side between 2010 and 2012, and will now move back to play under Jurgen Klopp after a frustrating spell at Old Trafford.
The midfield playmaker enjoyed a relatively successful debut season for the Red Devils, playing 26 times, scoring 6 times, and lifting the Premier League trophy with the club. However, his campaign last season was a very disappointing one, playing 30 times and failing to score once. Under David Moyes, Kagawa was often used as a second half substitute, failing to make a substantial run of starts.
Having joined up with the squad in the summer, Louis Van Gaal has not been impressed with the Japanese international enough to grant him another chance with United this season. Kagawa was included as a senior player for the Red Devils’ four-nil thrashing at the hands of MK Dons, and it is thought that his performance during that game was enough to finalise the decision to sell him.
The fee agreed between Dortmund and United is an undisclosed amount, but it is not likely to equal the £12 million that was paid in the reverse deal of 2012. The 25 year old was both disappointed and excited upon moving back to Dortmund, the club at which he had originally made a name for himself. ‘I wanted to realise my Premier League dream but now I’m happy to be back in Dortmund in this great team,’ said Kagawa, ‘Dortmund is like a family.’