Once regarded as the best talents to come out of Turkey and one of the best products of the Bundesliga, Nuri Sahin completed a move back to German powerhouse Borussia Dortmund – where he became one of the most sought-after rising talents in Europe – during the recent winter transfer window.
Nuri Sahin was regarded as the final piece in the jigsaw to fit alongside Xabi Alonso, along with fellow Bundesliga graduates Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira to break Barcelona’s stranglehold on the La Liga. Real Madrid had acquired the player in top form, with Sahin winning Bundesliga Player of the Year before jumping ship to the Spanish capital.
“Sahin is going to become one of the best midfielders around in Europe in the next few seasons,” German legend Paul Breitner said at the time. “He will fit in perfectly at the club.”
Sahin arrived at the Bernabeu with an injury and a difficult preseason followed in which he missed out on the competitive edge that is required to challenge for a regular place...