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Borussia Dortmund to open talks with Shinji Kagawa over new deal

Borussia Dortmund are reportedly set to open contract talks with midfielder Shinji Kagawa in the coming weeks, according to sporting director Michael Zorc.

The Japanese international has enjoyed a good spell of form in recent weeks for German Bundesliga giants after struggling for form and fitness in the early part of this season.

Kagawa’s current deal expires at the end of next season and and Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel is keen to tie the 28-year-old midfielder down to a long-term contract.

“There will be talks with him and his agent,” Zorc told Kicker. “We will see in what direction it goes.

“We’ve noticed that he played well. Shinji did turn it around and delivers strong performances under pressure.”

Kagawa has impressed since rejoining Borussia Dortmund in 2014 from Manchester United, where he spent two underwhelming seasons with the English Premier League side.

He has played in a total of 181 competitive matches for Dortmund since joining the club for the first time from Cerezo Osaka in 2010 and quickly became one of the most highly-rated midfielders in German football.