Shinji Kagawa has not featured for Manchester United so far this season because he is still not fully match fit according to his agent Thomas Kruth.
The 24-year-old had a busy summer of international football having competed in Japan’s World Cup qualifiers as well as their Confederations Cup campaign.
His commitments meant that the only part of the pre-season tour he joined was United’s tour of Japan where he impressed but he is yet to fully recover from an exhaustive pre-season of competitive action.
Many believed Kagawa was being kept out by David Moyes but Kruth when confirming that Kagawa has no intention of leaving, he insisted it was purely match fitness that had kept him sidelined.
“Shinji will currently not be leaving Manchester United,” he said.
“He wants to fight for his place. 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.”
Fans had wondered why Kagawa was not used against Chelsea when United lacked a creative spark. He must have been fit enough to have at least a substitute appearance otherwise Moyes wouldn’t of named him on the bench.
Against Liverpool on Sunday, Kagawa is unlikely to start because of this but if Moyes gives him the opportunity, he will bridge the gap between midfield and attack that was so apparent against Chelsea.