Kagawa joins Besiktas on loan
The Japanese star confirmed his desire to join a LaLiga club but the has instead left Borussia Dortmund for the Turkish side
Besiktas have sealed the loan signing of Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund.
The Japan international joins Besiktas until the end of the season after falling out of favour at the Bundesliga leaders.
Kagawa had started one Bundesliga game this term for Dortmund, who currently hold a six-point lead on second-place Bayern Munich
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But the former Manchester United midfielder will instead spend the rest of the campaign in Turkey’s Super Lig.
“Shinji is not only an outstanding football player, but also a great friend of our club,” said Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc. “We did not want to deny him this request.”
Kagawa had previously stated his preference to play in Spain, a league suited to his ability on the ball, but the Japan star will now move to Turkey to join the Super Lig side.
Besiktas are sixth in the table despite taking four points out of a possible six since the Super Lig’s mid-season break.
Next up for Besiktas is a match with Bursaspor on Sunday.