Germany sporting director Matthias Sammer angry at Turkey's attempts to poach Under-17 internationals

Tension between the German and Turkish federations could escalate once again as Sammer hit back at TFF scout Erdal Keser over players with immigrant backgrounds
Germany sporting director Matthias Sammer has slammed Turkish Football Federation scout Erdal Keser for his policy of recruiting DFB youth talents.

In the wake of the Turk's claims that he had convinced a number of German U-17 internationals to play for his homeland, Sammer dismissed his statements, and said that they help the DFB more than the TFF.

"We are diplomatic, but Mr Keser has often spoken nonsense. He does himself no favours with such statements, sometimes they even help us," Sammer told Kicker.

The former Borussia Dortmund sweeper added that Germany will continue to select the best available players for their youth national teams, despite the risk of eventually losing them to Turkey.

"We're trying to convince and attract the best personnel. The players realise exactly what opportunities the DFB offers. If a player is not convinced in his heart and head [that he wants to play for Germany], he does not fit in our criteria."

"We have opened the doors to the team. All are welcome. We have benefited from the influence of various characters."

Sammer also acknowledged the potential threat of players, born and trained in Germany, choosing to play for other national teams.

"There are certain conditions, against which we cannot defend ourselves."

Sammer's remarks come in response to quotes made by Keser earlier this week, and are likely to rekindle the heated debate over the cultural identity of ethnic Turks born in Germany.

"Two, three players from the German U-17s have agreed to play for the Turkish national team. I cannot yet reveal their names, otherwise the players will have problems," Keser said on Turkish television.

Currently eight out of 21 players in the Germany Under-17 team are of Turkish descent, namely
Emre Can, Koray Gunter, Kaan Ayhan, Robin Yalcin, Koray Kacinoglu, Samed Yesil, Okan Aydin and Levent Aycicek.

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