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Borussia Dortmund: Shinji Kagawa return does not mean Marco Reus exit

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke says the club always left the door open for Shinji Kagawa, and added that the player's return from Manchester United is also a signal for Marco Reus to stay beyond the summer of 2015.

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Three days on from the return of Dortmund's "prodigal son" -- which sent the region "KaGAGAwa" according to tabloid Bild on Tuesday -- the club is slowly returning to normality.

While the eight million-euro transfer boosted jersey sales and Dortmund's plans to expand their brand into Asia, some media outlets questioned Kagawa's future role under Jurgen Klopp, and pointed out that his former position in central attacking midfield has been taken by Marco Reus.

Until Kagawa's signing, Reus' future had been the subject of much speculation with Dortmund and Bayern Munich caught in a month-long war of words. Reus, 25, is under contract at BVB until 2017, but can trigger a 25 million-euro release clause next summer.

Some reports suggested that Kagawa's arrival means Reus is likely to leave his hometown club next summer, but Watzke told Sport Bild that this is not the case -- and moreover, believes the return of the Japan international is a message for the Germany international, who has emphasised that he wants to win titles in his career.

"I am convinced that Marco sees what we are building here," Watzke said, and also added that both players can be on one pitch at the same time. "Marco and Shinji can perfectly play together. We've now got a great depth in midfield, a magnificent mixture of dynamic ball control, and experience."

Bayern Munich have repeatedly expressed their interest in signing Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund.

Reus, who is currently with Die Nationalmannschaft preparing for the upcoming games against Argentina and Scotland, was quoted Bild as welcoming back the Japan international. "[Kagawa] will help us," the attacker said of the player he succeeded at Dortmund when he joined from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012.

On Tuesday, midfielder and former BVB captain Sebastian Kehl warned not to put too much pressure on Kagawa. "He will need a bit of time to digest his Manchester experiences, and he needs to rebuild his confidence," he told reporters. "But he will come out on top here, and bring in his qualities."

Elsewhere, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge welcomed the signing of Kagawa on Sky Deutschland, saying: "We need great competition and emotion in the Bundesliga. Every player with a [big] name is very welcome."


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