Shinji Kagawa wants to quit Manchester United in January, writes the Sunday People’s Dean Jones.
The Japanese midfielder has struggled for games since David Moyes took over and has now told team-mates that he needs to leave Old Trafford in the transfer window.
Kagawa, 24, fears he will continue to be frozen out of the United side in the build-up to the World Cup, and does not want to risk a lack of fitness and form as he heads to Brazil.
His uncertain future has been highlighted ever since Moyes arrived as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor, and the fact he now accepts he needs a new club will come as a blow to fans who believe he gives the side a more creative outlook.
But the emergence of teen sensation Adnan Januzaj has certainly not helped Kagawa’s chances of gaining a regular starting role at United.
Kagawa arrived in June 2012 in a deal worth around £17million from Borussia Dortmund.
The German club enquired about re-signing him in the summer, and Bundesliga side Wolfsburg have declared that they will be in the hunt to snap him up too if he becomes available.