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Kagawa exit talk played down

Shinji Kagawa's agent has played down talk linking the Manchester United man with a move away from Old Trafford.

The Japanese star's future has been the subject of speculation in recent weeks and it has been suggested the imminent arrival of Juan Mata from Chelsea could signal the end for Kagawa at Old Trafford.

Kagawa has struggled to show his best form at United since arriving at the club from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2012 and has been unable to hold down a regular place in David Moyes' side.

The 24-year-old has made only seven starts in the Premier League this season and has failed to score so far, fuelling talk of a move back to Dortmund or a switch to Atletico Madrid.

Kagawa's agent, Thomas Kroth, insists the links with a move back to Germany are just a rumour and that Mata's possible arrival will not affect his future at United.

"At this moment I am sure Shinji will stay. There has been no contact and so it is just rumours," Kroth told Sky Sports.

When asked if Mata joining Man Utd would affect Kagawa's future at the club, he said: "No, it is my opinion that he will stay."