Manchester United new-boy Shinji Kagawa is determined to build his own place for himself in the squad – after rejecting the vacant No 7 shirt.
The Japan playmaker arrived at Old Trafford on Friday and agreed a four-year deal with the Reds in a £17million transfer from Borussia Dortmund.
But the 23-year-old star said he is not ready to don the club’s most famous shirt and compete with legendary wearers George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Kagawa instead chose a shirt with personal meaning – No 23.
“I've just joined the team and haven't accomplished anything yet,”said Kagawa. “I want to make a name for myself [at United] on my own terms.”
“When I was at [Old Trafford], I thought about how incredible it would be if I could score there,” Kagawa added.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is excited to incorporate his new signing into his team and hailed the youngster’s future.
“Shinji is an exciting young midfielder with great skill, vision and a good eye for goal,” said Ferguson.
“I am delighted he has chosen to come to United. I believe he will make an impact upon the team very quickly as he is suited to United's style of play. We are all looking forward to working with him.”
Kagawa added: “This is a challenge I am really looking forward to. The Premier League is the best league in the world and Manchester United is such a massive club.
“This is a really exciting time for me and I can't wait to meet the team and start playing.”