FEYENOORD WELCOME TURKISH TALENT NURI SAHIN

Feyenoord have added Turkish international Nuri Sahin to their squad. The 18-year-old joins the Rotterdammers on a season-long loan from Borussia Dortmund, where coach Bert van Marwijk worked with the youngster until just before Christmas last year. The left-footed midfielder made his Bundesliga debut at just 16, making him the youngest player ever to appear in the highest tier of German football. He’s also the youngest player to score in the Bundesliga. He has the same two records with the Turkish national team. He now has eight full caps to his name.

Nuri Sahin raced through the ranks in the Ruhr, bursting into Borussia Dortmund’s first team very early and Bert van Marwijk is delighted to have the young Turk in his squad. ‘Nuri is a versatile left-footed player with an unbelievable technique. He can play anywhere in midfield, but with all the new arrivals he was in danger of dropping down the pecking order at Borussia. That’s why Nuri really wanted to come to Feyenoord, where he will have more opportunities to play.’

Sahin won the Bronze Ball as the second-best player at the World Championship for under 17s in 2005, where he also earned the Silver Boot as the second-highest scorer. Arsenal coach Arsène Wenger once described the midfielder as ‘one of the world’s biggest talents’. Nuri Sahin joins Feyenoord on a one-season loan. The deal does not give the club first refusal on the player’s permanent signature.

Sahin himself is pleased to be moving to Rotterdam: ‘I’m really looking forward to playing here and I think this move is very good for my development. My aim is to play as much as possible and when I look at the squad I think we could get in among the prizes.’

Nuri Sahin has been handed the number 17 jersey at Feyenoord.

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