Midfielder admits midfielder would be welcomed as Man United deal draws closer

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Sebastian Kehl says Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa would be welcomed back to club.

Japan international Kagawa has been linked with a return to the Westphalians, with whom he won the Bundesliga in 2011 and 2012, and Kehl reckons he would be a more than welcome addition to the squad.

As quoted on the Sky Sports website, he said: “Of course we’ve heard the latest speculation – we don’t live on the moon – but we were focusing on the game (against Augsburg),” Kehl said after Friday night’s 3-2 Bundesliga victory.

“Shinji was a very important factor in our side’s successes in 2011 and 2012. He delivered some fantastic performances in Dortmund, but unfortunately he’s not had such an easy time in Manchester.

“He’s not been playing much and in particular his self-confidence is not going to be bubbling.

“If he were to join us, then he would need to be built back up again, and he would find the surroundings here where he would be welcomed wholeheartedly, both from the fans and from the team.

“He would get all the support he would need to be able to deliver his best performances again.”

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