The Japan international moved from Borussia Dortmund to Old Trafford last summer, but struggled during his first season to establish a regular place in the team.
On from sending Angelo Henriquez out on loan yesterday for the season to Real Zaragoza, The Red Devils were reported in The Daily Mail has having been approached by Atleti for Kagawa.
It was speculated that Los Colchoneros had offered to take the 24-year-old to the Vicente Calderon on a season-long loan deal, but the player’s agent has clarified the situation.
“Shinji will currently not be leaving Manchester United. He wants to fight for his place,” Thomas Kroth told ESPN today.
“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.”
Reports in Russia continue to suggest that Zenit St Petersburg are looking to pick up Real Madrid’s Denis Cheryshev.
The youngster has enjoyed an involved preseason with the senior squad under Carlo Ancelotti this summer, but is increasingly being speculated as keen to guarantee regular playing time for 2013-14, ahead of the World Cup.
Rumours have suggested in recent weeks that a loan move out may be an option and reports in Russia are continuing with a recent suggestion that Zenit are preparing a bid along these lines.
The 22-year-old has been used as a full-back by Ancelotti in recent friendlies, but is believed keen to return to his more familiar left-sided attacking role, to push for a spot with Fabio Capello’s Russia.
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