Borussia Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin has revealed he turned down the chance to join Arsenal because his family did not want him to move to England.
Sahin was making waves in the Dortmund youth system and attracted an offer from Arsene Wenger. Despite describing it as a great bid, Sahin, then just 15-years-old, was told to reject it by his family because they did not think it would be good for his career.
"Arsenal wanted to sign me with a great bid. My family didn't want me to go England,' he told Ntvspor.
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"They knew that Dortmund would rise again. I'm grateful for this. After the bid, Dortmund realised that I'm valuable.
"The next year Bert van Marwijk put me in the first team. I was only 16. Also [Jurgen] Klopp trusted me. He is a great person."
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A good career
Sahin would later break into the first team at the Westfalenstadion and play over 100 games for Borussia Dortmund before Real Madrid came calling in 2011. Jose Mourinho paid a reported €10million to bring him to the Bernabeu, but the move would eventually end in failure.
It was in 2012 that Arsenal, once again, came calling. They tried desperately to broker a season-long loan deal but negotiations hit an impasse over the £14m option to buy. He would eventually join Liverpool, but failed to make an impact as Brendan Rodgers terminated the 12 month loan after just six.
He would only rekindle his best form once back at Borussia Dortmund, who agreed an 18 month loan deal shortly after Liverpool sent him back to Madrid. They would later exercise their right to buy him on a permanent basis for around €6m.
While his career has not gone according to plan, it seems he has been happy with the success he has experienced to date. Now 26-years-old, the Turkey international still has plenty of time to win more whether it be at Borussia Dortmund or elsewhere.
But he will surely be wondering what would have been had he joined Wenger at the Emirates Stadium.
Could he have fulfilled his opinion under his guidance or was this a lucky escape for the Gunners? Give us your thoughts in the comment box below!
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