• Premier League

Mourinho happy for Sahin to join Arsenal

ESPN staff
August 3, 2012
Nuri Sahin made just four league appearances for Real Madrid last season © PA Photos

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has given reported Arsenal target Nuri Sahin his blessing to leave the Spanish champions.

Sahin, 23, joined Real last summer on a six-year contract after helping Borussia Dortmund to the Bundesliga title - but made just four appearances in La Liga.

The Turkey international has been told that he is likely to be a peripheral figure again next season - and Mourinho is willing to let the player decide his own future, with the Gunners believed to be interested in a season-long loan deal for the deep-lying midfielder.

"The point is, he's a young boy, he wants to play every match," Mourinho said. "He wants to play to be happy. And in Real Madrid with Xabi Alonso, with [Sami] Khedira, with Lassana [Diarra], [Esteban] Granero, [Mesut] Ozil, the situation is not easy.

"Real Madrid is very difficult. It is not an easy club, because we demand a lot. We have great players, and when you don't start well, it is difficult to do it. If he stays, he's not a problem for me, he's one more solution. We leave [the situation] in his hands. Be happy.

"Decide what you want to decide, to be happy. If you decide to leave we are going to help you to leave. If you decide to stay, we are going to support you and try to succeed this season."

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