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Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is willing to let young midfielder Nuri Sahin leave on loan this summer as the Turkish international struggles to find a starting spot in a crowded Madrid midfield line-up.
Sahin arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu on the back of a sensational season helping Borussia Dortmund clinch the Bundesliga title. However, his first season with the Spanish champions was relatively quiet as the 23 year-old managed just 10 appearances, with a host of those coming from the bench.
With a midfield line-up brimming with talent featuring top footballers including Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil, Sahin would most likely be looking at another season on the bench with Real Madrid. A loan spell will guarantee the player regular action and a golden opportunity to prove his worth to the Portuguese manager.
Mourinho said on the subject of Sahin's loan desire, "The point is that he's a young boy who wants to play every match. [But] Real Madrid is very difficult. We have great players and when you don't start well, it's difficult to do it. If he stays, he's one more solution. We are leaving the situation in his hands. If you decide to leave, we're going to help you to leave. If you decide to stay, we're going to support you."
Arsenal is said to be close to sealing a season-long transfer but recent reports had claimed that the Turkish midfielder's arrival at the Emirates was being blocked by the failure of the Luka Modric deal down the road at Tottenham. Although the Modric saga continues to rage on, Sahin could be busy packing his bags to leave for England after Mourinho admitted his willingness to let him depart on loan.
It will be interesting though to see how Arsene Wenger views the option of bringing Sahin over, because should the youngster perform well, the Manager would want to hang on to him, rather than being a preping academy for Real Madrid, and it will be interesting to see if Real would allow the Gunners to include a permanent purchase clause in his loan contract. In the short term though, Sahin would take the pressue off the need to rush Jack Wilshere back into the first team.
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