Nuri Sahin has reflected on his spell with Real Madrid and revealed his expectation that he won’t be returning from Germany.
The Turkish midfielder struggled during an injury-hit 2011-12 to make an impression with Madrid, before a loan move for this term at Liverpool did not work out.
Back at Borussia Dortmund on a temporary deal until June 2014, Sahin has reflected on his experience and hinted that the Germans will ‘find a solution’ with Madrid over a permanent deal.
“From the outside you can say that I failed abroad,” the 24-year-old told Bild this week.
“It was not meant to be, and I had my part to play.
“Mourinho was always honest with me, always told me everything in private. It was an honour to work with him.
“I left on loan because I wanted to play, and Borussia are for me a matter of the heart.
“The end of the loan? In due course, the clubs will come together and find a good solution.”
Sahin’s Dortmund are, like Madrid, in the Champions League quarter-finals.
“We too can win the title, that is clear.
“If we reach our potential against Malaga, and play as we have done so far in the Champions League, then we will be in the semi-finals.”