Kagawa keen on central United role

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Japanese international Shinji Kagawa has revealed how he will favour an attacking midfield role at Manchester United, once he has completed his move to Old Trafford.

The 23-year-old has enjoyed a successful two-year spell in Germany with Borussia Dortmund, and excelled in an advanced central role with the reigning Bundesliga champions.

Speaking at a press conference in Tokyo, Kagawa spoke of his positional preference, but added that he will be happy to play wherever is required for Sir Alex Ferguson's side, after opting to join the Red Devils over a number of other potential suitors.

"I want to play [in the hole]," he said. "I feel that's where I play my best football. I plan to work hard so I can win my place in the position.

"United are one of the biggest clubs in the world, and I have been given a chance to play for them. I took a lot of things into consideration, like the fact that they've got a deep squad, their style of football and it wasn't an easy decision. But I wanted the challenge.

"There were talks with other clubs, but United were the first to make me a formal offer and the more I talked to them, the more I felt Manchester was the place for me."

Kagawa still must pass a medical, and the club need sign off for the Asian's work permit, but barring any last minute hitches, the creative midfielder will be plying his trade in England next season.

The chance to test himself in the Premier League was an opportunity too good to turn down, and the former Cerezo Osaka player is already relishing a return to action.

"It's the best league in the world," added Kagawa. "You've got the world's biggest clubs like [Man] City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea all in the same league, which is fascinating.

"In the Bundesliga, the only games that compare are the ones against Bayern Munich. I feel like I'd be able to gain so much by playing big games on a regular basis, including the Champions League. I can't help but be excited."

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