Nuri Sahin has officially completed an 18-month loan back to Borussia Dortmund. He was halfway through a year-long loan to Liverpool but hadn’t found success with the English club. Both Liverpool and Real Madrid have released official statements on his departure. He is still under contract with Real Madrid until June 2017.
You’ve signed a season-long loan deal - what are you hoping to achieve over the next year?
I had a difficult season last year because of a lot of injuries. I had three injuries last year. The team played very well, but I didn’t play too many games, so that’s why I spoke to Real Madrid and told them I wanted to go out for a year. I want to play football - and it was important for me to be at a club where the manager really wants me. I wanted to play for a club on the same level as Dortmund and Madrid - that’s why I chose Liverpool. This year, it is very important for me to play. I have to play, improve my game and help the team. If I stay in good condition, I am sure I can help the team and Liverpool Football Club, and Brendan Rodgers and my new teammates can help me.
What did you learn from your year at Real Madrid?
A lot, a lot - not just about football. Of course I did [learn a lot] about football, but not only that. As a person, I’ve grown up. In the last year, I’ve had a child and I now have an 11-month-old son. It was a crazy year because on the one hand I got injured, but on the other hand I became a father, became a champion with Borussia Dortmund and signed for Real Madrid. It was a crazy year, but I learned a lot.
When he heard Liverpool were interested in me, he started telling me about Liverpool. He is still in love with Liverpool Football Club, I think! It’s crazy how he was telling me about Liverpool. He was saying, ‘Go there, you will love it. The fans will take care of you and love you’ and things like that. He said Anfield is the best stadium in the world.