Turkish midfielder Nuri Sahin announced this week that he will, as expected, complete his move from German champions Borussia Dortmund to the Spanish titlists Real Madrid at the end of the season. The 22-year-old Sahin has arguably been the most influential member of a team packed with potential, and, at 8.8 million pounds, represents a bargain in the current market. That reasonable price tag is a far cry from Realâ€™s free-spending days, and it represents the changing economics of big time football. And, given the relative success of German imports (and fellow Muslims) Sami Khedira and Mesut Oezil this past season, it makes sense that Madrid have once more looked to the German Bundesliga for a further infusion of talent.
In addition to joining Oezil and Khedira, Sahin also joins a couple of other prominent Muslims on the Real Madrid squad: French midfielder Lassana Diarra, and French striker Karim Benzema. Sahin brings further possession and playmaking to the Real Madrid midfield, and while Madrid already has a talented midfield, you can never have enough people feeding the worldâ€™s greatest striker, Cristiano Ronaldo.