Kagawa, Dortmund both endorse a reunion

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Could Shinji Kagawa’s stay at Old Trafford be shorter than most expected?

After Borussia Dortmund’s recent Champions League success, it appears he may be having second thoughts about having left Westfalenstadion.

Kagawa has told Japanese television “If Dortmund agree, I would like to return one day.”

The 24-year-old has been openly disappointed for a while now about his first season with Manchester United, citing a lack of scoring and playing time as areas that must improve.  If they don’t, he sounds pretty certain a return to the Champions League runners-up could be a solution.

“There was too much going through my head [last season]. I haven’t been happy with my performances. I didn’t score as much as I wanted to and I was injured. Even though we were Premier League champions, I can’t feel that I achieved everything I wanted to. Personally, it wasn’t a good season for me.”

Kagawa isn’t the only one who longs for a reunion with former manager Jurgen Klopp. Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Bild “The door is always open for Shinji.  Currently though, it is not a subject of discussion.”

When healthy, the Japanese international stole minutes from Wayne Rooney last season, scoring six goals and assisting four more in 20 Premier League appearances.  The previous season,  his last with Dortmund, was much more prolific – he bagged 13 goals and 12 assists in 31 Bundesliga appearances.

With new manager David Moyes taking the helm at United, it will be interesting to see how he balances Rooney and Kagawa – given Rooney stays – as both are very similarly styled players.

It could be that Kagawa returns to Germany sooner than later if his Manchester United form doesn’t improve this coming season, although as for now it would seem each side would desire the other make the first move.

Soccer world reacts to the Manchester attacks

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NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people have been killed and another 50 are injured following a possible suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials who are monitoring British authorities told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the train station. The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.

Soccer personalities around the world are reacting to the horrible event.

Juventus purchases Cuadrado from Chelsea

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If you didn’t realize Juan Cuadrado still belonged to Chelsea, you’re forgiven.

The Colombian attacker will complete his second season at Juventus after the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and won’t be headed back to Chelsea afterwards.

Juve has purchased Cuadrado, and the fee is $22 million, and Juve will pay it over three seasons. Cuadrado, 28, is now signed through 2020 with The Old Lady.

Cuadrado first went on loan to Juve in Aug. 2015, and has eight goals and 18 assists in 83 career appearances with the club.

Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Fiorentina for around $32 million in the January 2015 transfer window, but made just 14 appearances with the club.

Report: Jermain Defoe meeting with Bournemouth

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Sky Sports is reporting that Jermain Defoe may head back to the south of England following Sunderland’s relegation.

Defoe, 34, spent two seasons with Portsmouth between 2008-09, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances.

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The 56-times capped England striker had a clause in his Sunderland contract allowing him to leave the Stadium of Light were the Black Cats to be relegated, as they were this season. He’d have little interest in dropping into the Championship given his desire to stay a part of the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Bournemouth’s strike corps includes Joshua King, who scored the most goals of any player not on a Top Seven side this season. King’s 16 goals were one more than Defoe’s 15, though the latter scored just one goal following a brace against Crystal Palace on Feb. 4.

Chelsea’s Conte wins pair of top managerial honors

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Antonio Conte took league and national honors from the League Managers Association on Monday night.

The Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Year and Manager of the Year after leading the Blues to the PL title and an FA Cup Final in his first year on the job.

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton nabbed another Championship boss of the year award after leading the Gulls to the Premier League. He also won the honor with Newcastle United in 2010.

The League One winner is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United. Wilder won the honor with Northampton Town last season.

In League Two, Paul Cook of Portsmouth was named the winner.