Kagawa stays with Dortmund but Honda leaves Milan for Mexico
BERLIN — Japan international midfielder Shinji Kagawa has extended his contract with Borussia Dortmund until 2020, the German club said on Friday (July 14).
“We’re very pleased that Shinji will play for us for another three seasons,” Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said as the club arrived in Tokyo on Friday for their pre-season tour.
“Shinji identifies with our club, the city and the fans. He’s also an important role model for our young team.”
The 28-year-old has scored 54 goals in 185 appearances for Dortmund over two spells, winning the Bundesliga twice in a row following his arrival in 2010.
He rejoined the club in 2014 after a couple of seasons with Manchester United.
Meanwhile, Japan attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda has joined Mexican side Pachuca, the CONCACAF Champions League holders announced on Friday, two months after leaving AC Milan as a free agent.
“I have just signed for Pachuca and I’m very happy,” Honda said in Spanish in a video on the club’s Twitter feed.
The club did not disclose the details of his contract.
Honda, 31, has 86 caps for Japan, scoring 36 goals, and is the only Japanese player to score in two separate World Cups, netting in the 2010 and 2014 tournaments.
He joined Milan in January 2014 for a reported €20 million (S$31.4. million) fee from CSKA Moscow but could not halt the decline of the Italian giants, who finished outside the top five in each of his four seasons at the San Siro.
He admitted after his last game, a 2-1 defeat at Cagliari for which he was named club captain, that his time at Milan had been a disappointment.
He said: “Unfortunately, I could not play in the No 10 role as often as I would have liked, but I never gave up and did the best I could. I approached every game and training session with all my passion.” AGENCIES