Possessor of a keen eye for goal, as well as an ability to thread passes, Sahin quickly became one of the finer talents in the Bundesliga—an upward trend that was verified when he was named Player of the Season in 2010-11 at the tender age of 22.
His play, which had rocketed Dortmund to the league title that season, caught the eye of Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, who swooped for the Turkish midfielder in the summer of 2010. Sahin signed for €10 million and is currently beginning his second season of a six-year deal.
The first season was a trying one, as Sahin quickly saw his dream move disintegrate—first through injury and then through a dearth of playing time.
He's now looking to use a year-long loan move to restart his career, with an eye firmly fixed toward returning to Madrid as a more attractive option for Mourinho next season.