Jose Mourinho: I tried to sign Man United’s Shinji Kagawa at Madrid

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho reveals he tried to sign Shinji Kagawa when the Portuguese was in charge of Real Madrid

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Shinji Kagawa joined Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund Photo: Back Page Images

Jose Mourinho has revealed he tried to sign Japan star Shinji Kagawa when the Portuguese was in charge of Real Madrid.

The 50-year-old, who took charge of Chelsea in June, opted to sign Germany international Mesut Ozil instead of the Borussia Dortmund midfielder.

Kagawa has struggled to have a telling impact at Manchester United after his £17m switch to the Red Devils from the Bundesliga outfit in July 2012.

“It was not being able to always play at Real Madrid,” Mourinho is quoted as saying by the Express.

“My first choice at the time was Mesut Ozil. I told him honestly without hiding it.”

In recent weeks, Kagawa has spoken of his desire to be deployed in a more central role for Manchester United as he looks to improve his performances this season.

“I had an easier time playing as a shadow top [No10] than I did on the left wing,” Kagawa added.

“I need to be more involved in the match and I hope I can do so in our upcoming fixtures. I want to play better, sharper and faster.”

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