The football season’s arrived, Manchester United have just lost to Everton but their new signing, Shinji Kagawa is getting a good press. So here’s are a few basic facts to help you sound like you know all about him.
1. He signed to Manchester United for £12m, having previously spent two years at Borussia Dortmund, who got him from Cerezo Osaka for a paltry €350,000. He is 23 and comes from Kobe in Western Japan.
2. He is a midfielder, admired for his ability to control the ball in tight spaces. He wears the number 26 shirt for Man United.
3. He has a glamourous girlfriend, Ameri Ichinose, who appears in adult videos or, as the Daily Mirror puts it ‘his Japanese pornstar squeeze.’
4. He also plays for the Japan National Team, Samurai Blue. He has been capped 34 times and has scored 11 goals. He played in the Japan Olympic squad in 2008 but wasn’t picked for the 2012 London Olympics.
5. His long-term ambition is to play for Barcelona.