Shinji Kagawa has no intention of leaving Manchester United despite having not featured in a competitive game under David Moyes so far this season.
And the 24-year-old has vowed to fight for a spot in the first team when United face Crystal Palace on 14 September after the international break.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Kagawa said: “Tough times are continuing, but all I can do is to work hard.”
When asked whether he would be staying at Old Trafford, Kagawa assertively said: “Yes, that’s right.”
Kagawa had been subject to a ‘#freeshinji’ campaign by Borussia Dortmund fans who wanted their club to re-sign the Japanese playmaker following the sale of Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich but Kagawa has no intention of leaving United.
His desire to stay and fight for a place is a testament to his attitude. Competition was always going to be fierce at United this season with every player trying to impress new boss David Moyes but instead of being disheartened by a lack of game time, it has spurred Kagawa on to work harder.
There have only been three Premier League games played so far this season so there is plenty of time for Kagawa to get his opportunity and fans are all hoping that he can replicate his form from the Bundesliga.