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Borussia Dortmund Could Be Without Their Key Midfielder Next Season: Should Stoger Let Him Leave?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Borussia Dortmund’s Shinji Kagawa seems to have attracted a lot of attention from the Turkish Super Lig side, Galatasaray S.K. The Turkish giants are planning to gain some traction on the European stage by signing big names in the next transfer window.

Ideally, signing Japan’s greatest footballing hero would bring a lot of eyes from all over the world but will the player agree to the move? Kagawa is 29 right now and is one of the biggest names in the Bundesliga and in the Dortmund squad. His career resume contains one Premier League title, one DFB Pokal Cup and 2 Bundesliga titles.

8 years back, he was one of the best midfielders in Europe and was highly regarded by fans and pundits all over the world. After spending an illustrious period with Dortmund, he got called up by Alex Ferguson himself to Old Trafford.

However, the attacking midfield could not find his feet with the Red Devils after just 2 seasons in England returned back to the Westfalenstadion. The woeful period in the Premier League seemed to take the flair out of the 29-year-old in the early periods of his return.

But upon Peter Stoger’s arrival, Kagawa has looked like a completely different player. He has resurfaced as a highly influential squad man with 6 goals and 7 assists this season.

The player looks to be much better than the troubled Mario Gotze, who went through equally challenging times after leaving Dortmund. Kagawa has played almost every minute in the league and will have a major role in rebuilding the BVB back to its former glory.

The club seems to be in shambles ever since Thomas Tuchel left the club after the 2016/17 season. They just got demolished by Bayern Munich by 6 goals at the Allianz Arena.

Their league rivals looked way too comfortable as the Dortmund players were left desperately scrambling for the ball.

However, they are still in the top-four and is 3 points clear of Bayer Leverkusen in the 3rd spot of the points table. Stoger is having a hard time with a few injuries to his key players but Kagawa seems to be his go-to figure almost every game in the season.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s departure did leave a huge gap in the club ranks but Michy Batshuayi has emerged as the saviour. He has hit the ground running ever since his arrival in January and Dortmund should fight their way out for a permanent deal.

As far as Kagawa is involved, it will take a lot of Galatasaray to convince the 29-year-old to make his way to Istanbul. Maybe a lucrative deal with a long-term future will be enough.

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