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Aug, 28, 2012

Sahin may stay at Anfield

Nuri Sahin is not ruling out the possibility of a permanent move to Liverpool after sealing a season-long loan from Real Madrid.

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Sahin endured a difficult debut season at the Bernabeu following his move from Borussia Dortmund last year, but there was extensive interest in his services this summer.

It is reported that Jose Mourinho was only willing to sanction a loan move as he believes the Turkey international still has a future with Madrid, but Sahin has suggested he could remain at the club beyond the end of the current campaign.

"In football you never know," he said. "I am here for this season and then you never know what will be happening in a few months. I am looking forward to playing this year here and after... we will see."

Sahin spoke extensively with fellow Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso about Liverpool before making the move, and he has been impressed by what he has seen of the club.

"Everything people told me about Liverpool is there, what I see now," he said. "It is a very big club with a huge history and I think I have made the right choice."

He added: "The project with Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers is the best for my situation I think - that is why I am here.

"I think the style I play is the same as how the manager wants the team to play. I have settled in very well and I hope it will be the same on the pitch and that we will have a great season."

Having witnessed the 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Sunday, Sahin believes Liverpool are capable of securing a long-awaited return to the Champions League.

"If you watch the game against Manchester City, you see that the style the team is playing is very good and of course, Liverpool has to play in the Champions League," Sahin said. "A big club like Liverpool has to play every year in the Champions League and we will do everything to get in the top four.

"Also there is the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League, and with the potential we have here, we can do some good things."

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