Shinji Kagawa, a forgotten Man United flop, has signed with his fifth club since leaving Old Trafford.
Shinji Kagawa has fallen out of favor since leaving Manchester United in 2014 after a disappointing spell, and has now joined his fifth club after two contract terminations.
Shinji Kagawa, who left Manchester United in 2014, has signed with his fifth club.
After joining from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of around £14 million, the attacking midfielder failed to deliver for the Red Devils.
He had a fantastic Bundesliga season in 2011-12, scoring 13 goals and assisting another 13, but he couldn’t repeat that form in the Premier League the following two years.
Kagawa, who is still only 32 years old, has since fallen out of favor, landing at Sint-Truiden in Belgium.
“Hello STVV supporters,” he said on the club’s website after his signing was announced.
I’ve decided to come with a strong sense of purpose.
“I want to contribute my football skills and experience to the team’s success.”
I’m excited to serve the fans and supporters of the team.
“I appreciate your help.”
Kagawa has joined on a free transfer after failing to impress in his previous four spells.
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When he left United, the former Japan international returned to Dortmund, where he enjoyed another two successful seasons.
However, as young stars like Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele and current Chelsea star Christian Pulisic were given starting spots, he soon found his game time limited.
In search of regular playing time, he spent six months on loan with Turkish side Besiktas before joining Real Zaragoza on a permanent basis in 2019.
Kagawa only had four goals and one assist in his first season in Spain, and his contract was eventually terminated in October 2020.
In January 2021, he signed an 18-month contract with Greek club PAOK after a period without a club.
However, after only 12 appearances, that too was cancelled last month.
Kagawa will now have the chance to play for Sint-Truiden, who are currently fighting for relegation in the Jupiler Pro League.