Borussia Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin has admitted he nearly signed for Arsenal on three different occasions, once choosing to join Liverpool on loan instead, writes Sky
Sahin was just 16 when Arsenal first attempted to persuade the Turkish midfielder into joining the London club, but the Dortmund loanee opted against the move.
“Three times in my career I was almost at Arsenal. It never happened, but that is normal in football,” he said. “I think I was 16 the first time and then last summer we spoke with Arsenal, but in the end I signed with Liverpool.”
After just seven appearances on loan at Liverpool, Sahin returned to Real Madrid, but was convinced his spell at Anfield was worthwhile. “My time at Liverpool was a good time for me, to be part of a great club with such a great history and great players. The club took care of me and my family; I am full of respect for Liverpool,” he added.
Sahin’s decision to go on loan at Liverpool came after the midfielder struggled to break into the Real Madrid team, and the 25-year-old is currently playing in Germany, his country of birth.
Dortmund was Sahin’s first club, having spent over six years at the German giants before making the switch to Madrid in 2011, but has only made four appearances for the Spanish outfit.
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