Mourinho tried to sign Kagawa

Mourinho is an admirer of Shinji Kagawa. Credit: PA

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has told Japanese reporters he tried to buy Shinji Kagawa for Real Madrid, but the deal fell through because he could not guarantee him first team football.

"It was not being able to always play at Real Madrid,” Mourinho admitted.

“My first choice at the time was Mesut Ozil. I told him honestly without hiding it.”

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