(FILES) This file photo taken on May 27, 2017 shows Dortmund’s Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa playing the ball during the German Cup (DFB Pokal) final football match Eintracht Frankfurt v BVB Borussia Dortmund at the Olympic stadium in Berlin.As it was announced on July 14, 2017, Kagawa extended his contract with Dortmund until the year 2020. AFP pic

JAPAN international Shinji Kagawa has extended his contract with Borussia Dortmund that will keep the midfielder at the Bundesliga side until 2020, the club has announced.

The 28-year-old first joined Dortmund from Cerezo Osaka in 2010 and after a two-year stint at Manchester United, returned to the German club in 2014.

“BVB, with its unbelievable fans, has really grown very dear to me,” Kagawa said in a statement on the club website.

“I am very glad that I will remain a part of this incredible club in one of the best leagues in the world with the highest viewing figures.”

Kagawa has scored 36 goals in 127 Bundesliga matches for Dortmund with a further 33 assists. He has scored another 18 goals in European competition and the German Cup combined.

He has won two Bundesliga titles and two German Cups, including last season’s 2-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.

“We are really happy that Shinji will continue to play for us in the coming three years,” Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said.

“And as one of the more experienced members of the squad, he is an unbelievably important anchor in a team which is very youthful overall.”

Dortmund finished third in the Bundesliga last season, 18 points behind title winners Bayern Munich, earning them direct entry into the Champions League group stage. — REUTERS

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