Wednesday, 6 June 2012
Manchester United land Kagawa
Kagawa has already done enough in his two seasons in Germany to avoid the fate of Park Ji-Sung, who was initially condemned as a “trophy” signing following his arrival from PSV Eindhoven in 2005, designed purely to sell shirts in the lucrative Far East market.
He was named in the Bundesliga’s team of the season for 2010-11 despite being absent through injury for half the campaign.
Kagawa then went on to score 16 goals last term, when Dortmund completed the domestic league and cup double.
Ferguson and assistant Mike Phelan made a personal check on the 23-year-old the day before United’s final match at Sunderland, when they saw Kagawa grab one goal and create another in Dortmund’s 5-2 German Cup triumph over Bayern Munich.
The Japan team are training in Saitama, north of Tokyo, following the weekend win against Oman ahead of two more World Cup qualifiers against Jordan on 8 June and Australia on 12 June.
“I haven’t signed a contract yet, we still have two games left and the entire team is focused on these qualifiers,” Kagawa said. “I’ll talk about all of this once I am done here. I hope people will understand.”
Defender Rio Ferdinand was quick to offer his best wishes on Twitter. “Welcome to Shinji Kagawa for his transfer to Man Utd,” he said. “Here’s to a succesful [sic] time here bro!”
Dortmund wished Kagawa continued success at United. “He made huge contributions to the team over what has been a successful two years,” Dortmund director Michael Zorc said.
“We hope he continues to do well.”