When Liverpool terminated the 12 month loan-spell of Turkish international Nuri Sahin six months short he had some choice words to say about the way he was integrated into the system at Liverpool:
"I did not fail at Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers wanted me to play as a number 10. But I do not play behind the strikers. I talked to him and asked him why he was playing me there. It is not my real position. The coach could not answer me... Thank God I have left Brendan Rodgers."
It was the culmination of a busy period for Sahin. Before arriving at Anfield he had posed in an Arsenal shirt as the Gunners and Real Madrid wrangled over a potential future transfer fee.
In the end he moved to Liverpool for an unhappy and unsuccessful spell.
He spent the last months of this season on loan at his former club Borussia Dortmund and for many the obvious option for the 24-year-old now would be to remain at the Westfalen and continue to rebuild his career that has been hampered by injury.
But what if he was to have another crack at the Premier League? By following his former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge.
Despite not playing often for Mourinho that was largely down to his fitness issues and Sahin admits that the pair had and still have an excellent relationship, which was highlighted by their hug after Dortmund dumped Madrid out of the Champions League:
“Mourinho? We have a great relationship. He is an honest person. He was always very honest with me and I appreciate it. He's very special, both as a manager and as an individual. He's a real gentleman, someone who always helps you and motivates you. My memories of him are good.”
And if played in the right position Sahin could certainly be an excellent signing for Chelsea.
The central midfield area behind the more attacking options is somewhere they could do with improving. David Luiz has done a superb job in that role but realistically reinforcements will be necessary this summer.
Sahin could sit alongside Ramires, Frank Lampard or John Obi Mikel and have the opportunity to show Brendan Rodgers what he is capable of when employed in his correct position.
And if Real are willing to do business at a bargain price; there will be no losers from this potential deal.
Accept perhaps Brendan Rodgers.
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