Borussia Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin has revealed his family prevented him from completing a move to Arsenal as a teenager in 2005.
The 26-year-old is currently back at BVB after three unproductive years at Real Madrid, which included a five-month loan spell in the Premier League with Liverpool.
Sahin made just 12 appearances for the Reds and after his departure blamed his lack of success to manager Brendan Rodgers playing him out of position.
However, the Turkey international has also revealed he could have moved to England much earlier, with the Gunners keen to snap him up as a youngster.
"When I was in the Under-17s in 2005, Arsenal wanted to sign me with a great bid. My family didn’t want me to go England," he told Ntvspor.
Sahin said his family "knew Dortmund would rise again." He also added Dortmund quickly realized his value after the bid.
"The next year Bert van Marwijk put me in the first team," Sahin said. "I was only 16. Also [Jurgen] Klopp trusted me. He is a great person. He still keeps his humanity in the professional world. When I was in Madrid, he called me many times. We would talk for two to three hours but not about football."
The 26-year-old also spoke about his time at the Bernabeu and the differences between the Spanish giants and Klopp’s side.
"I came to Dortmund when I was 12. I scored my first goal against Schalke with the U-14 team," Sahin added. "The Bundesliga fans like loyalty. Dortmund is the only place that I feel at home. Dortmund is my home."
Spain was a whole other experience for Sahin.
"Madrid is a bit different, every player dreams about it," Sahin said. "Madrid fans are familiar with success. They feel excited only by the El Clasico or the Champions League."
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