Borussia Dortmund and midfielder Nuri Sahin have agreed a contract extension until 30 June 2019. The Turkish international, who was born in Lüdenscheid and grew up in Meinerzhagen near Dortmund, has – with the exception of two short interruptions – been at the club for 16 years.
“We are delighted that Nuri is staying with us. He is a local boy, a great character and deeply rooted at Borussia Dortmund,” said BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.
28-year-old Sahin, who has also had German citizenship since 2011, joined the youth set-up at Borussia Dortmund in 2001. At the age of just 16 years and 355 days, he became the youngest Bundesliga debutant ever and also holds the record as the league’s youngest goalscorer. Since making his debut in 2005, Sahin has racked up 203 further appearances (19 goals) for Borussia Dortmund. He was a key player in the 2010/11 title-winning campaign and was voted Bundesliga Players’ Player of the Year. He then fulfilled his dream move to Real Madrid, but returned to his roots a year and a half later, via a detour at Liverpool.
“Everyone knows how happy I am in Dortmund, in the city, in this stadium with our extraordinary fans. BVB is the club of my heart,” said Sahin, who is currently in his 12th season as a professional.
“Even though Nuri has been plagued by injury in the past two years, he has always shown that he can come back and play a very important role in our young team,” said sporting director Michael Zorc, adding that he wished Sahin a speedy recovery from the ankle injury he picked up in the away match in Mönchengladbach. Both Hans-Joachim Watzke and Michael Zorc were united in hoping „Nuri can play a part in the season’s home straight. His high sporting and personal qualities would undoubtedly help us achieve our aims for the season!”