United interest in Kagawa confirmed by Japan ace

Shinji Kagawa has confirmed he has held talks with Manchester United in the UK this week after speculation intensified last week.
Sir Alex Ferguson was in attendance at the German cup final between Bayern Munich and Kagawa’s Borussia Dortmund. Kagawa was a goal scorer in a 5-2 victory for Dortmund to top off an impressive campaign for the German champions.
According to reports, notably the Daily Telegraph, Kagawa has confirmed he has met with the Red Devils supremo: ‘It was good that I was able to meet him in person and talk, I want to think hard before making my decision’.
Dortmund chief Jurgen Klopp has apparently come to terms that, with 12 months of his contract remaining, it may be difficult to convince the 23 year old Japanese international his career would be best served with the Bundesliga club.
Kagawa has been selected for international duty when Japan take on Azerbaijan later this month.

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Fernando Torres Chelsea future in doubt

Fernando Torres has done little to dampen increasing speculation over his future at Chelsea FC.
Speaking to Guillem Balague of The Times and Sky Sports, Torres expressed his deep disappointment at being left out of the starting XI of the Munich UCL final showpiece.
Speaking candidly, Torres states: ‘I’ve felt like they treated me in a way that I didn’t expect because the role I’ve had this season is not for me nor is it the one I expected to play when I came here’.
Torres will join his Chelsea team-mates on a celebratory open top bus tour in the West London area today (Sunday) and will be meeting with Chelsea officials later in the week.
There are believed to be a number of suitors in the English Premier League, Spain’s La Liga and Serie A of Italy.

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Modric to wait until after Euro 2012 for Tottenham decision

Luka Modric has hinted he sees his future away from Tottenham Hotspur but will put on hold any talk of a transfer until his participation in Euro 2012 with Croatia is over.

A year ago the saga of Modric’s proposed move to Chelsea was one of the longest-running of the summer, with Spurs eventually winning the day and keeping the midfielder at White Hart Lane in the face of incessant Chelsea interest. But the 26-year-old has suggested he is itching to play at a level higher than that currently offered by Tottenham, but will delay any discussion until later in pre-season.

 

Modric said: “I will decide about my future after the Euros. I will make the decision where to continue my career. I’m ready for the big tests.” Tottenham may yet be part of next season’s Champions League as, after finishing fourth in the Premier League, they must now wait on the outcome of the Champions League final on Saturday.

 

Ordinarily fourth place would be good enough for entry into the competition at the play-off stage, but if Chelsea defeat Bayern Munich then they would receive the last qualification spot awarded to England, pushing Tottenham into the Europa League and, the Telegraph suggests, Modric towards the exit.

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