Borussia Dortmund's Watzke: Sahin's move to Real Madrid was a mistake

The Turkey international has found first-team opportunities difficult to come by at the Santiago Bernabeu and it was rumoured that he might rejoin the German champions in January
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke believes that Nuri Sahin's decision to leave for Real Madrid last summer was a "mistake". 

The Turkey international has featured just once in La Liga since his arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu and it is widely rumoured the midfielder could move on at the end of the season.

Sahin has been linked with a return to the Westfalenstadion but Watzke is remaining coy on whether the German champions will attempt to re-sign the midfielder, merely claiming that the 23-year-old never should have left Dortmund in the first place.

"Nuri's transfer to Real was a mistake,” Watzke told Bild. “It would have been better for him if he had stayed with us.

“But Nuri is a fighter. A return is currently not an issue."

Turning his attention to the Bundesliga title race, Watzke dismissed the suggestion that Dortmund looked nervous in their 0-0 draw with Augsburg at the weekend, a result which allowed principal rivals Bayern Munich to reduce their lead at the top of the table to five points.

"Why should we get jitters? Our goal was to qualify for international competition again," he claimed.

"That we will most likely qualify for the Champions League again only shows that the team has accomplished something remarkable.

"Of course we want to stay up there and win as many games as possible. But I would be satisfied with second place.

"But we cannot expect that we will win all the games in the second round. The draw in Augsburg we can live with.

"There were times when we were 20 to 30 points behind Bayern - it's something nice to feel the breath of a pursuer.

"Bear in mind: Bayern were and are the top favourites. We have only one-third of Bayern's budget."

Dortmund's next Bundesliga outing comes against Werder Bremen on Saturday afternoon.

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