Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa had revealed in an interview with Japanese TV that he is open to a possible return to his former club Borussia Dortmund in the future.
And now Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has responded by saying that the German club would be very happy to welcome back the Japanese playmaker to their ranks.
"The door's always open for Shinji. A transfer is not an issue at the moment, though," Watzke was quoted as saying by Bild.
Kagawa had joined United last summer in a £17 million move from Dortmund after helping the German club achieve the double in the 2011-12 season but has not had the impact everyone expected from him with the Red Devils.
With things not going rosy for him in Manchester, Kagawa has not been very happy with his performances with the Premier League champions.
And his latest comments on Japanese football show 'Foot Brain' has set the alarm bells ringing among the United staff that he has not quite settled in yet at United.
"Someday I want to return to that team (Dortmund), I will be back someday, if Dortmund is okay with it", he said.
Earlier, reflecting on his last season with United, he said: "It was a tough time for me with a lot going on in my head. I am not happy with my performance for the team at all. I didn’t score that much and I also had my (knee) injury.
"Despite that, it was great we won the league, I just don’t feel that I achieved everything that I wanted. For me personally, it wasn’t a good season."
The 24-year-old had signed with United until the summer of 2016 with a view in Manchester that this was a long-term investment but his agent Thomas Kroth has indicated that anything is possible.
"At the moment, I expect Shinji to stay at Manchester United. However, you never know what will happen in football..." he stated.
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