Manchester United's preparations for next season have been boosted by the news Shinji Kagawa will not be called up by Japan for the London Olympics.
Kagawa will complete his move to United this summer subject to him passing a medical and obtaining a UK work permit after a fee with Borussia Dortmund was agreed earlier this month.
And the Japanese Football Association have decided to give the 23-year-old the summer off to keep him fresh for the World Cup qualifiers later this year - news that will be welcomed by United boss Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of the start of pre-season training.
Japanese FA technical director Hiromi Hara said: "Kagawa is one of the leading members of the Japan senior team, and he is almost certainly going to join one of the biggest clubs in the world.
"We came to the conclusion that not giving him enough rest is not good for his future or our final World Cup qualifiers.
"I talked to Kagawa directly and told him he would not be chosen."