The Turkish midfielder reveals he is delighted to have joined a club as steeped in history and success as the Anfield giants and has praised new team-mate Steven GerrardNuri Sahin says he shunned the advances of Arsenal and Tottenham to sign for Liverpool because he believes they are the most prestigious club in England.
The Anfield side have 18 English league titles to their name - a total only bettered by Manchester United - and have won Europe's premier club competition five times in their history, more than any other English team.
“I'd spoken with Jose Mourinho three times,” Sahin told NTVSpor at Liverpool’s Melwood training ground. “He wanted me to play in the Premier League but didn't refer to a specific team.”
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“I've chosen Liverpool because I wanted to play in a football team with a tradition.
“I played at one of the biggest clubs in Germany, Borussia Dortmund, and Real Madrid. And now, I play for the biggest club in England.”
The Turkish midfielder also had a few words of praise for his new team-mate and captain Steven Gerrard.
"He's a fantastic player and a captain,” Sahin continued. “He really takes care of the youngsters especially Raheem Sterling. I can learn many things from him. It's an honour to play alongside [him]."
Sahin also revealed his Real Madrid team-mate Kaka, likewise subject to interest over the summer, has confided in him over a potential move away from the Bernabeu.
“I know he had an offer from Turkey,” Sahin revealed. “I also know what's he going to decide for the January transfer window but I cannot reveal that."