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Shinji Kagawa stays loyal to United, denies return to Borussia Dortmund

Cerezo Osaka v Manchester United

OSAKA, JAPAN - JULY 26: Shinji Kagawa of Manchester United waves to fans after the pre-season friendly match between Cerezo Osaka and Manchester United at Nagai Stadium on July 26, 2013 in Osaka, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

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Shinji Kagawa has refused Borussia Dortmund’s advances to bring the playmaker back to the Signal Iduna Park.

The failed move was confirmed by Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, who told Sky Deutschland that "[i]t was clear relatively quickly, Shinji wants to prevail this year at Manchester United.”

Klopp conceded defeat after a single attempt. “I did not expect a different answer, you just have to ask even once.”

The BVB manager further noted that the failed bid "[was] not an issue for him this year, not even for us.”

Kagawa spoke recently about his frustration over his first season at Old Trafford. “It was a tough time for me with a lot going on in my head,” he said. “I am not happy with my performance for the team at all.”

Kagawa’s disappointment stems from a niggling knee injury that he carried for over the winter months and the fact that he “didn’t score that much.”

It’s these comments that would make most believe the Japanese international’s first year in England was a failure, but that was hardly the case. In only 20 Premier League matches last season Kagawa notched six goals and three assists, including a stunning hat-trick against Norwich City.

It was enticing enough form to convince United manager David Moyes that the 24 year old should play a key role in this season’s attacking scheme, especially with Wayne Rooney’s commitment wavering.

Speaking of flimsy commitment, United supporters will be delighted at Kagawa’s refusal to bite at Dortmund’s interest. In a transfer market where players are increasingly eager to insert themselves into transfer speculation, the attacking midfielder’s loyalty to the Red Devils will surely not go unnoticed.

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