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Kagawa dismisses Barcelona talk after making history

Kagawa made history on Friday (©GettyImages)
Kagawa made history on Friday (©GettyImages).

Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa has dismissed talk of him having ambitions of playing for Barcelona or Real Madrid.

The Japan international moved to Old Trafford from Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund in the summer and has won rave reviews for his performances in the Premier League so far.

Despite only having just arrived at Manchester United, Kagawa has found himself having to deny that he harbours a desire for a lucrative move to Camp Nou, Santiago Bernabeu and even nouveau-riche French side Paris St Germain.

“I have never thought about Barcelona or Madrid,” he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

“Paris are a great team that will continue to grow this season. It is also a very nice city, but I am focused 100 per cent on life in Manchester.”

Despite pledging his commitment to Manchester United, the 23-year-old did not rule out such a move at some point in his career.

“You never know what the future will hold,” he added.

Kagawa is the first Japanese player to play for Manchester United, but he was making a different kind of history on Friday when he scored the winner for Japan in a friendly with France.

It was the first time les Bleus had lost at home in two years and the first time Japan have ever beaten them; the Red Devils' star turned home a cross with barely two minutes remaining to seal the victory.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will be pleased his new charge is hitting good form, while France coach Didier Deschamps will be worried about the loss going into a tough World Cup qualifier against world and European champions Spain.

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