Jurgen Klopp thankful to have Shinji Kagawa

Published Add your comment

Football News

Shinji Kagawa’s return to Borussia Dortmund after a failed stint with Manchester United has been greeted with ‘delight’ by Jurgen Klopp, who is even more thankful to have recruited the Japan international after injury to Marco Reus.

Related Articles

Kevin Grosskreutz delighted Shinji Kagawa is back at Borussia Dortmund
Jurgen Klopp hopes for immediate Shinji Kagawa impact
Louis van Gaal comments drove out Shinji Kagawa

Klopp delight

Kagawa rejoined Dortmund on the final day of the transfer window for only €8 million and made an immediate impact on his second debut for the club, scoring once and providing another in the Bundesliga defeat of Freiburg at the weekend.

The 25-year-old’s role has taken on an even greater importance after Reus was injured on international duty, with the playmaker once against sustaining ankle ligament damage playing for Germany. He is expected to be out for around a month.

This setback places pressure on Kagawa to embark on a rich vein of form during the Reus absence, and Klopp is relieved he was able to recruit the former from Manchester United just in time to prevent BVB’s injury crisis running even deeper.

“I am really delighted that Shinji is back here.” Klopp told the Evening Standard.

“With his quick turn of pace in tight spaces, he’ll really do our game good. He can set up and score goals.

“And unfortunately, we now know that Marco Reus will be out for four weeks after damaging his ankle ligaments, so Shinji’s transfer is all the more timely.”

Reus future

It may well be that this is something of a dressed rehearsal for Kagawa with it seeming rather likely that he will have to succeed Reus on a permanent basis in the not so distant future.

A release clause of £19.8 million written into Reus’ contract reportedly becomes active at the end of the season and, unless he unexpectedly signs a new deal, the 25-year-old would appear set to leave for a club of more significant standing.

Manchester United have, of course, been linked with a move for Reus as Louis van Gaal looks to further reinforce his ranks, and it could be that the club formalise their supposed interest in the January transfer window rather than wait until the summer.

Arsenal have also been credited with an interest in the Germany international as have, somewhat inevitably, Bayern Munich having recruited BVB’s best player for two successive summers.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Borussia Dortmund
Shinji Kagawa
Manchester United
Premier League

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again