Borussia Dortmund have made it official: Nuri Sahin is returning to the club.
The Germans announced that they have activated a buyback clause in Sahin’s current loan contract from Real Madrid, allowing the Turkish midfielder to return for a price of about €7 million, according to a SkySports story.
“We met with Real Madrid officials when the two clubs played in the Champions League quarterfinals recently, and we have made it clear to them that we intend to make use of the option to buy,” Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said in an interview with German newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten.
Sahin came through the ranks at Dortmund and spent several years as a key player in their main squad, including the 2010-11 season when he was voted the Bundesliga’s player of the year.
He moved to the Spanish capital the following May, but a string of injuries started him off on the wrong foot and he only made a handful of appearances for Los Blancos. The following season, he went out on loan to Liverpool, but that too proved unsuccessful, and in January 2013, all parties agreed to terminate the existing loan contract and allow Sahin to return to Dortmund on loan from Madrid.
Since returning, Sahin has experienced a rebirth, starting almost every match and putting in dazzling performances at the centre of the pitch. He did enough to impress manager Jurgen Klopp, so officials at the Signal Iduna Park moved to activate the permanent purchase clause.
Fans will be pleased to see the longtime Dortmund man return on a long-term contract as the team looks to rebuild after making the 2013 Champions League final only to suffer a string of damaging injuries in the current season. The news shortly after the signing of Hertha Berlin striker Adrian Ramos was announced.