New Liverpool loan signing Nuri Sahin has revealed that Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho encouraged him to join the side after revealing that Brendan Rodgers would be a ‘great person’ for the promising player to work with.
The 23-year-old Turkish midfielder was the subject of a tug of war between the Reds and Arsenal but eventually decided to join Rodgers’ team for the season following discussions with his Madrid coach.
“We talked and he [Mourinho] told me English football, especially Premier League, is the best to enjoy as a player. You can enjoy football every weekend,” Sahin told reporters.
“He also told me Rodgers and him worked together at Chelsea and he is not only a good coach but also a great person. That’s important for me. It was not only football. I wanted someone to speak with as well.”
After speaking with Rodgers about how the Northern Irishman intends to set out his side, Sahin was convinced to make the switch to Anfield.
“To be honest, I hadn’t thought of playing for Liverpool before talking to Brendan Rodgers, as we didn’t have any previous contact. But just after the first conversation, I felt impressed,” revealed the former Borussia Dortmund man.
“He told me how he wants to play football and what his objectives with Liverpool are. From that moment, I started thinking I could make that step.
“I feel proud to play for a great team, as Liverpool is. I’m the first Turkish [player] here and it’s my turn to make Turkish people feel proud now.”