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"I'm very happy to be a member of Manchester United and to be playing in Japan for them. I'm looking forward to meeting the fans tomorrow and I hope we have a very good game. I'd like to give them my very best."

– Shinji Kagawa

22/07/2013 19:06, Report by James Tuck in Yokohama
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Shinji proud to be a Red

Shinji Kagawa was the centre of attention at a packed press conference in Yokohama on Monday night, hours after joining up with his Manchester United team-mates for the first time in pre-season.

The Japan star was given time off after summer international commitments and missed the start of Tour 2013 presented by Aon, which comprised stops in Bangkok and Sydney.

But he’s now linked up with his team-mates – and, for the first time, his manager – and is looking forward to Tuesday night’s Kagome Re:Generation Challenge against Yokohama F•Marinos, in which he could play some part.

"I'm very happy to be a member of Manchester United and to be playing in Japan for them," Kagawa said. "I'm looking forward to meeting the fans tomorrow and I hope we have a very good game. I'd like to give them my very best.

"Today I met David Moyes for the first time. We had a good talk in the car. We still need to spend more time to get to know each other but I'm looking forward to building our relationship. As a player, I want to give my best in each game and give a good impression to the manager."

One topic of debate surrounds the role Shinji will ultimately play for United; he played both as a withdrawn forward and a winger in his maiden season, which began slowly but ended strongly.

"It's true I had some difficulties last year but gradually through the season, I was able to participate for longer periods," Kagawa said. "It doesn't matter if I play as a no.10 or not. I'm very confident I can play in any position for the team."

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