Shinji Kagawa confirmed he will be staying at Manchester United after arriving back in Japan on transfer deadline day Monday for the national team’s upcoming friendlies with Guatemala and Ghana.
Kagawa has not featured in any of United’s three Premier League games so far this season under new manager David Moyes and reportedly received offers from his former club Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid.
Asked by reporters whether he would be staying at Old Trafford after arriving at Narita airport, he said, “Yes that’s right.” He dismissed concerns about match fitness, adding he was physically fine although “tough times are continuing.”
Kagawa is scheduled to join training with Japan on Tuesday.
The Asian champions play Guatemala on Friday at Nagai Stadium, home of Kagawa’s former club Cerezo Osaka, and then face Ghana in Yokohama on Sept. 10.
Kagawa made his name at Dortmund, helping the German club win back-to-back Bundesliga titles before securing a move to Old Trafford last season.
Last week a massive Twitter campaign named #freeshinji was started by Dortmund supporters hoping to persuade the Champions League finalists to bring Kagawa back to the Westfalenstadion.
But Dortmund confirmed that an approach to re-sign him was rebuffed by both the player and his club.