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Japan's Kagawa joins Real Zaragoza from Borussia Dortmund

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Japan's Kagawa joins Real Zaragoza from Borussia Dortmund
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Borussia Dortmund Training - Borussia Training Centre, Dortmund, Germany - August 10, 2018 - Borussia Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa during a team photo session in Dortmund. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo   -   Copyright  Wolfgang Rattay(Reuters)
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(Reuters) – Japan international midfielder Shinji Kagawa has joined Spanish second tier outfit Real Zaragoza after seven years at Borussia Dortmund in two spells, the Bundesliga side said on Friday.

Kagawa, who won the Bundesliga with Dortmund in 2011 and 2012, had a two-year spell at Manchester United from 2012-14 before returning to the Ruhr valley club.

The 30-year-old struggled for playing time under coach Lucien Favre last season, joining Turkey’s Besiktas on loan in January, and decided to continue his career in Spain after signing a two-year deal

“Shinji… is a true professional and an outstanding person who will have in Dortmund a second home forever and a lot of friends,” Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke and sports director Michael Zorc said in a statement on the club’s website.

“It was his great wish to play in Spain. We obviously met that wish.”

Kagawa played 216 matches for Dortmund in all competitions, scoring 60 goals and providing 55 assists.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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