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Kagawa not out to impress van Gaal

23 May 2014 14:31

Shinji Kagawa is focused on performing for Japan at the FIFA World Cup rather than impressing new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

The arrival of the Dutchman could give Kagawa a new lease of life after a frustrating campaign under David Moyes, but the Japan international is concentrating on helping his country out of Group C in Brazil first and foremost.

Kagawa only made 14 starts in the Premier League last season but does not believe there is added pressure on him to impress his new boss in the World Cup.

,And the former Borussia Dortmund man and is confident he can rise to the occasion on the big stage in Brazil.

"I'm not using the World Cup as a place to showcase myself for (van Gaal)," said the 25-year-old. "I'll deal with that after this tournament is over.

"I think everyone knows I want to do well at the World Cup, and I'm sure everyone else does, too.

"But I don't want to get my priorities mixed up here – the important thing is for Japan to win at the World Cup.

"I know how to get myself into shape. I was able to stay motivated despite the year I had because I had the World Cup to look forward to."

Kagawa has made 54 appearances for the national team since making his debut in May 2008 and will be playing in his second World Cup finals.

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