Borussia Dortmund have been congratulated on signing Shinji Kagawa from Manchester United this summer by Bayern Munich, who lamented the fact that he left the Bundesliga for the Premier League in the first place.
Kagawa rejoined his former club a few days before the transfer window closed on Monday night, bringing an end to what was a largely disappointing spell at Old Trafford. The Japan international failed to make a place for himself in the starting XIs of both Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes.
His failure to excel at Manchester United was a surprise for many as he was excellent in his first spell at Borussia Dortmund, but the fact he was rarely deployed in his favoured role behind a centre-forward probably had a lot to do with this.
It was no surprise that Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp jumped at the chance to be reunited with his former charge, as Kagawa's reputation in the Bundesliga is still very good and getting him back for half the price they originally received in 2012 was a positive.
The 25-year-old's standing in Germany was evident in quotes from the chef executive of BVB's biggest rivals Bayern Munich, who believe the transfer is a great coup for the league and that good players playing in Germany will benefit all clubs.
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"Every transfer to the Premier League is a shame - and this was one without question - so we should welcome him back," Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is quoted as saying by TZ.
"We need a big competition and emotionality in the Bundesliga. Each well-known player is welcome."
Manchester United's new manager, Louis van Gaal, saw Kagawa as surplus to requirements after having a look at him during the pre-season tour of the US and chose not to use I'm the three initial Premier League matches this season, of which they have won none.
Dortmund fans will be hoping that the Kagawa who left them for United in 2012 will return, as they attempt to loosen Bayern Munich's grip on the Bundesliga title. In his two seasons at the Westfalenstadion, he was crucial in Klopp's side claiming two consecutive German titles and a cup double.
However, they will be hard pressed to overcome Pep Guardiola's side, who won the title at a canter last season and have snapped up Dortmund's leading goalscorer from the past three season, Robert Lewandowski.
Meanwhile, Manchester United went about replacing Kagawa with the British record transfer of Angel di Maria, paying Real Madrid a whopping £59.7million to secure the Argentina international's signature.
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