TOUR NEWS & FEATURES

22/02/2013 09:00, Report by Gemma Thompson

Shinji relishes return

Shinji Kagawa has spoken of his joy at returning to his homeland during United's Tour 2013 presented by Aon.

As well as visiting Sydney and Hong Kong during their summer training trip, the Reds will also play two games in Kagawa's native Japan.

The 23-year-old looks set for a busy summer with Japan taking part in the Confederations Cup in June. He will join up with the squad in his homeland, although the date of when that will be is dependent upon Japan's progress in the competition.

Yokohama F·Marinos will provide the opposition in the first match on 23 July in Yokohama, with a second match scheduled for 26 July against Kagawa's former club Cerezo Osaka in Osaka.

“Cerezo Osaka is the team where I laid groundwork as a professional footballer. It is the club who took care of me before I left for Europe," recalled Shinji in an interview with ManUtd.com. "It is a place where I spent my first days as a professional football player. In that sense, Osaka is my favourite city."

While the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama - the location for United's tour match in the city - evokes special memories for the Reds who won the Club World Cup there in 2008, it's also a favourite with Kagawa who has played there for his country many times.

“I have played at the stadium in Yokohama often with the Japan national team and I have scored a goal there, too. It is my favourite stadium because the atmosphere is also good," he adds. "Yokohama is a beautiful city on the sea. I think everyone will like it.”

More: Tour 2013 - Fixtures, news and features

Manchester United will be visiting fans across the world during Tour 2013, presented by Aon.
Sign up here for email updates and free entry into our draw to win signed tour memorabilia (see manutd.com/tourtreasure for details).

Please enter a valid email address.

Please enter a valid date of birth

Please select a County from the dropdown list.

ContinuePlease read our privacy consent below.

Privacy Consent

By submitting this form you expressly consent that the Manchester United (“MU”) Group (being all companies with the MU name) and the other MU Commercial Partners (as both may change over time) may share & use your personal information (a) to provide products & services you request, (b) for consumer profiling, market research & (c) unless you tick the boxes below to contact you by post, phone or electronically (incl. email, text & DigitalTV) about MU related products, services, offers & events.

Don’t send me details of products, services, offers & events from:

Please click here to read the MU Privacy Policy and for an updated list of MU Group companies & MU Commercial Partners.

Thank you for registering
your interest in tour 2013, presented by Aon.
Remember to check your
E-Mail for regular updates
Close