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Nuri Sahin hasn't been called up by Real Madrid boss José Mourinho for the Eusebio Cup (Benfica vs. Real Madrid). AS are reporting that he's definitely off a Premier League team, a few journalists are claiming that he's set to join Arsenal on-loan. Let me tell you a few things about Sahin:
First of all, he's young. Sahin is just 23-years-old. He was voted best player of the season in the Bundesliga for 2011 before signing for Real Madrid for just €10; a bargain. Since joining Real Madrid in May 2011, he has featured in just 10 matches - starting in only 4 of these 10 matches. At a certain point last season, he didn't play a single minute for 4 months. Nobody knows why Mourinho doesn't use him that often. Everybody wants to know why he doesn't use him to rest Xabi or Khedira every once in a while.
Just check out this Xabi Alonso-esque pass for Callejon vs. Ponferradina in December 2011: http://bit.ly/QmsQIV
He also managed to score in that match, here's his brilliant header: http://bit.ly/O1iw5V
During his playing time on the pitch, Sahin captured the eyes of Real Madrid fans. They all love him and they all demand to see him play more often. I don't how his masterful passing ability didn't help him break into the starting eleven. He's not that tall but he's a beast in the air. He was Dortmund's penalty and free-kick taker during his time there and he scored lots of them, which shows how clinical and accurate he is. He scored lots of long ranged goals with Dortmund too. A few of his brilliant goals for Dortmund: http://bit.ly/gGXkst
Youtube videos won't help that much, but it'll give you an idea. You need to watch him play at his best for a full match, then you'd fall in love with his talent and seriously appreciate it.
Defensively, Nuri is fantastic. He can perfectly tackle, intercept passes and block shots.
In conclusion, Nuri Sahin is a perfect defensive midfielder. He shoots, passes, crosses, tackles, intercepts and pretty much does everything. He reminds of a young Xabi Alonso, honestly. I'm 100% sure he will be as good as Xabi or even better when he grows up.
I'd love to see him go on loan to Arsenal as I seriously don't want his talent to be wasted on Real Madrid's bench, he was discarded from matches most of the time last season. He's in Jose's plans for the future, but it looks that he's not in his plans at the moment. A loan move to Arsenal would make me more than happy. People would appreciate his brilliancy there.