German champions Borussia Dortmund have signed Nuri Sahin on a long-term loan deal. The Turkish midfielder was loaned by Spanish champions Real Madrid to Liverpool in the summer but failed to establish himself at Anfield, leading the Reds to terminate their agreement with Madrid. Sahin made 12 appearances in all competitions for Brendan Rodgers' side, scoring three times and setting up three other goals.
The 24-year-old Sahin will now spend the next 18 months with the Bundesliga champions, with whom he kick-started his senior career. The player has admitted his happiness at having returned to his hometown club and added he was looking forward to getting back into the line-up.
"I am happy to be home again. My contact with the management, the players and the coaching staff of BVB has never broken down over the last one and a half years. I hope to be able to help the team as quickly as possible," Sahin told Dortmund's website .
Club chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke also expressed his delight at the return of Sahin, who led the Germans to the 2011 Bundesliga title, their first league triumph in nine years.
"We already emphasised during our 2011 title celebrations that Nuri Sahin will always be a special player for Borussia Dortmund and that the door would always be open to him if he ever felt the desire to play for us again," Watzke said.
"Nuri approached us with this wish in the last few days and we have made it become reality. We are very happy to be able to welcome another player of his quality and character to our squad," the club chairman added.
Sahin was voted Bundesliga Player of the Year in 2010. The Turk moved to Madrid in 2011, signing a contract until 2017. The midfielder will now be with Dortmund on loan until the end of the 2013/14 season.