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Shinji Kagawa's move to Napoli dismissed

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Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa is not interested in a move to Italian side Napoli, according to his agent, Thomas Kroth.

The Japanese international has been strongly linked with a quick exit from Old Trafford this summer after failing to make an impression in his two seasons there since joining from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund.

The 25-year-old was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2012 for a fee around £12 million, but after being mainly used as a substitute, Kagawa never really fulfilled his potential in the Premier League, and according to numerous reports, he could be ready to leave England already.

Kagawa is strictly a central attacking-midfielder, but under Sir Alex Ferguson, he was mainly deployed down the wing, and that trend continued when David Moyes took over last Summer.

After Ferguson announced his retirement, Moyes took over and seemingly agreed with The Scot that Kagawa should be played down the left, rather than just behind either Robin Van Persie or Wayne Rooney.

With spending most of the season on the bench, things got even worse for Kagawa in January when Moyes signed Juan Mata from Chelsea and then started him in the central-advanced role.

Due to two poor campaigns in England, the playmaker was then linked with a swift move back to Germany, and that was welcomed with Jurgen Klopp admitting that he would take the Japanese international back with open arms.

However, that move was dismissed by both Kagawa and Dortmund, and since then Napoli have put their foot in the door as Rafael Benitez looks set to strengthen his side ahead of next season.

Despite the lack of game-time at United and being used out of position, according to Kagawa's agent, he is content with life at Old Trafford and he will remain there for at least another season.

He told Ultimecalcionapoli.it: "Has there been contact from Napoli? For me, these are just rumours and nothing certain. He doesn't feel bad at Manchester United, so I see no reason to talk about him leaving."

With a Summer transfer all-but ruled out, Kagawa now seems content to play out the rest of his contract in Manchester, which runs out in 2016, but if an offer of around £15m comes in for the 25-year-old, United may take the transfer into their own hands.

The club are set to have a drastic Summer with a new manager in the pipeline and also many faces coming and going at Old Trafford.

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