Borussia Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin has accepted his time away from the German top flight could have gone much better.
The playmaker decided to leave Borussia Dortmund to join Real Madrid back in 2011, before making a loan move to Premier League outfit Liverpool earlier this season.
Sahin is still contracted to Real but is currently on an 18-month loan spell back at Dortmund, after spells at the Santiago Bernabeu and Anfield.
The 24-year-old has admitted he enjoyed working under Madrid boss Jose Mourinho but has accepted his time away from Germany did not go as he would have wished.
He told Sport Bild: “It was an honour to work with Mourinho. He was always honest to me and treated me fairly. He always said everything to me in private.
“From the outside, people will perhaps say that I failed abroad. It was simply not meant to be, though, and I also played my part in it.”
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