Agent: Kagawa not off to Atleti

Shinji Kagawa’s agent has denied reports that Atletico Madrid are in contention to take the Manchester United midfielder on loan this season.

The Japan international moved from Borussia Dortmund to Old Trafford last summer, but struggled during his first season to establish a regular place in the team.

On from sending Angelo Henriquez out on loan yesterday for the season to Real Zaragoza, The Red Devils were reported in The Daily Mail has having been approached by Atleti for Kagawa.

It was speculated that Los Colchoneros had offered to take the 24-year-old to the Vicente Calderon on a season-long loan deal, but the player’s agent has clarified the situation.

“Shinji will currently not be leaving Manchester United. He wants to fight for his place,” Thomas Kroth told ESPN today.

“Because of the Confederations Cup, he did not have a full pre-season and therefore still has a training deficit. That’s why he, until now, has won hardly any playing time.

“Atletico made an enquiry, although this was never an issue for Shinji.”

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