Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that he tried to persuade Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa to come back to the German side even though he only left the club last summer.

The midfield-man left Dortmund in order to join Manchester United last summer for a fee estimated around £20m and despite not being a regular for the English champions, the Japanese international made it clear to his former-boss that he intends to stay and fight on at Old Trafford.

Kagawa spent two years in Germany with the Champions League runners-up and became a fan favourite during his time there, but he has told Klopp in a private conversation that he has no intentions of returning to the Signal Iduna Park, also known as the Westfalenstadion.

Reports had suggested that the midfielder wasn't happy with being a fringe player at United and had made out that he could be on his way back to Dortmund, but Klopp has confirmed that his intentions are to stay on at United and fight his way into the first-team on a permanent basis.

"This is not an issue for him this year, not even for us," Klopp told Sky Deutschland.

"It was clear relatively quickly, Shinji wants to prevail this year at Manchester United. I did not expect a different answer, you just have to ask even once."

Kagawa's stand-out moment during his debut season in England was undoubtedly his superb hat-trick against Norwich City, but apart from that game, he has struggled to live up to expectations. 


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