After a few weeks of uncertainty in which Zaragoza looked for a way to end its contractual relationship with Shinji Kagawa on good terms, the club finally made his departure official.
The Japanese player was one of the highest-paid in the squad.
The Japanese player committed to two seasons when he arrived, but only ended up completing one. The club didn’t achieve promotion, which would have given them the necessary financial resources to continue paying him, and as such, they had to let him go.
The club, as reported by several media outlets, spent several weeks looking for ways to end the relationship in a good way. The goal was not to end on bad terms with a footballer who, although he did not reach the level expected of him, was very popular with the fans.
He played 36 games, scored 28 goals, and got one assist. The ‘hype’ surrounding the player surpassed his actual performance. Although that’s not to say that he played badly.
“Real Zaragoza has ended the contractual relationship it had with the footballer Shinji Kagawa. The club would like to thank the professionalism shown by the player during the time he played in the Zaragoza shirt, while wishing him future professional success,” said the Zaragoza in its press release.