When a club like Real Madrid lose a star midfielder, questions arise.
Who will replace him? Is he good enough? Will his absence affect the team? So when Sami Khedira tore both his ACL and MCL, Madrid began to look sketchy in their midfield options.
Xabi Alonso is a world-class player, but his age isn't helping, and neither is the fact that he is not fully fit yet. But when he is, very few can duplicate what the Spanish maestro can do.
His Spanish compratiot, Asier Illarramendi, is still a youngster, but without a doubt will turn into a world-class player as well. For now, Carlo Ancelotti has eased him into the team, but hasn't solidified his starting spot.
Luka Modric, however, is one of the first names on the team-sheet when he is fit and ready to go. Alonso, Modric, Khedira. Ancelotti's ideal midfield trio has been cut short, but Madrid may have a star midfielder right under their noses.
Nuri Sahin has been out on-loan from Madrid since the summer of 2012. To Liverpool at first, but complications arose and Dortmund took Sahin in during the transfer window of Janurary 2013.
The loan deal was to be for one year and a-half, but in recent weeks, rumours that Dormtund could pay Sahin's release clause, have surfaced.
Madrid need to do everything in their power to make sure that the Turk comes back to the Spanish capital as soon as his loan deal expires, and here are three reason why.
1.) Save them money
Madrid have been linked with Ilkay Gundogan, for a price of around 30 million euros. But paying so much for a player seems outlandish after spending hundreds of millions on signings during the summer. Keeping Sahin would cost them only his wages and possibly the plane ticket back home.
2.) They would gain a quality player
While he has failed to shine at Madrid, Sahin has shown his skills at both Liverpool and Dortmund. A combative, willing, box-to-box midfielder makes him the perfect signing for Madrid, for free! With more time at Madrid, he would adapt to Ancelotti's system and could be a vital player for Madrid in the future.
3.) Depth in the squad.
Everyone thinks Madrid have tons of quality everywhere, which they clearly do, but when a lengthy injury strikes, any team can look instantly weak. Sahin would provide amazing backup for Madrid's midfield while trying to fight for a starting spot. His competition would ensure that no midfielder becomes complacent in the team, something that would benefit all parties.
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