Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says the club will be patient with Australian signing Mustafa Amini, playing down comparisons between he and Shinji Kagawa.
Amini signed for the Bundesliga champions 12 months ago, but remained with A-League outfit the Central Coast Mariners on loan.
The attacking midfielder was then called into the national team set-up by Holger Osieck following a stellar debut season before injury hampered his 2011-12 campaign.
Zorc moved quickly to temper suggestions Amini is being viewed by the club as a direct replacement for Kagawa, who secured a move to Manchester United earlier this summer.
"Putting such a burden on a young player's shoulders does nothing for them," Zorc told Reviersport.
"We will give the necessary amount of time to Amini, and show the patience you must have with young players."
Amini, who has joined compatriot Mitchell Langerak at the club, says he is prepared to take his time before moving into first-team calculations.
"Germany is a whole new world for me," said Amini. "I want to learn as much as I can and become a better player."