Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke believes the club's signing of Shinji Kagawa could keep winger Marco Rues at the club for the long term.
This has been reported by Goal.com, who have suggested that the German international could be on the move at the end of the end of the 2014/15 season. Recent reports have in fact linked the versatile forward with a move to the Premier League and La Liga, with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Real Madrid seemingly interested in his signature.
Watzke, then, is hoping that Kagawa and Reus star alongside each other this term, as the club go in search of glory under Jurgen Klopp.
"Marco also sees what's happening here at Dortmund. I don't have any doubts about that," Watzke was quoted as saying by Sport Bild.
"Marco and Shinji are very well capable of playing together. We have a number of great players in midfield now. It's the perfect mix of experience, dynamic players and players who can retain possession.
"The stiff competition for places that everybody's been talking about is something I have yet to experience in real life. We have to get to the point where we are able to replace one or two great players each game."
Manchester United's former Japanese playmaker Kagawa will certainly be hoping to rekindle his fine form from his previous spell at the German outfit. At Manchester United, under Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes, Kagawa failed to make an impact and was often shipped out on the wing.
At Dortmund, however, Kagawa will once again be hoping to star in the No.10 role, and prove his credentials in the Bundesliga once again. Fans of United, meanwhile, will be sad to see the playmaker leave the club, but will be excited by the club's deadline day deals to bring Radamel Falcao and Daley Blind to Old Trafford.
It remains to be seen, however, as to whether the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal can land German ace Reus in 2015, or whether he will remain at Dortmund for the long term. Both clubs will certainly be watching the German international, who has been rated at €35 million, very closely over the course of this season.
Arsenal and Dortmund, of course, will come up against each other in the Champions League this term.