Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa (L) fights for the ball with Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben during their Champions League quarter-final first leg soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, April 1, 2014.
Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa (L) fights for the ball with Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben during their Champions League quarter-final first leg soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, April 1, 2014.Reuters

Although Shinji Kagawa has been linked with a move away from Manchester United, the midfielder's representative has denied his client has had any contact with Napoli.

The Japanese international, who joined United from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2012 for a fee of around £15m, was fundamental to Jurgen Klopp's side as they won the Bundesliga twice.

But the playmaker has struggled to break into United's starting line-up and failed to replicate his Dortmund form for the Red Devils. The 25-year-old struggled to impress Sir Alex Ferguson last season and has found life equally difficult under David Moyes, particularly after the arrival of Juan Mata in January.

Reports in Italy recently claimed Serie A giants Napoli have emerged as strong contenders for his signature at the end of the season.

However, according to Ultimecalcionapoli.it, Kagawa's agent, Thomas Kroth, has denied any interest from Naples, saying: "Has there been contact from Napoli? For me, these are just rumours and nothing certain.

"He doesn't feel bad at Manchester United, so I see no reason to talk about him leaving."

However, United are reportedly considering a player-plus-cash deal in signing Dortmund pair Marco Reus and Mats Hummels in the summer if Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal take over at Old Trafford – and the deal could see Kagawa return to Signal Iduna Park.

Kagawa has scored only six times in two seasons at the club and this season he has been limited to just 17 Premier League appearances.