Borussia Dortmund have tied down attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa until 2020. The contract extension was announced during the German side’s pre-season tour in Asia.
The Japanese international’s relationship to Dortmund goes back to 2010, when he signed for the Ruhr side before helping the Black and Yellows win back to back Bundesliga titles and a DFB-Pokal during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. Shinji then left for Manchester United where he spent three largely unsuccessful seasons.
In 2014 Kagawa returned to Dortmund, where he has since become a pivotal part of the BVB attack. This was especially evident during the second half of the 2016-17 season, where Kagawa’s experience shone in a team filled with young talent.
The long-term absence of another returning prodigal son, Mario Götze, allowed Kagawa to work his way back on to the starting 11. During the past season, Kagawa scored 6 goals and assisted a further 8. His efforts helped Dortmund finish 3rd in the Bundesliga, meaning direct qualification into the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League, as well as winning the club’s first trophy since Kagawa’s initial stint at Borussia Dortmund. Kagawa’s good form late in the season was rewarded in the form of the contract extension offered.
The Black and Yellows are currently in Kagawa’s home country of Japan for a pre-season friendly against Japanese League side Urawa Reds on July 15. The team will then travel to Guangzhou, China to participate in the International Champions Cup against AC Milan on July 18.
The news comes a day after Sven Bender’s surprise exit from Borussia Dortmund to Bayer Leverkusen, where he will reunite with his twin brother Lars Bender in hopes of getting more play time.