DORTMUND, Germany (Kurdistan24) – Kurdish footballer Mahmoud Dahoud will join German giants Borussia Dortmund at the end of the current Bundesliga campaign, confirmed the club.
“Dahoud is a highly talented and exciting central midfield player who we have observed intensively for several years,” Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said.
In November 2016, German publication Express reported English club Liverpool were readying a £26 million offer for the youngster and wanted to sign him after the New Year.
The move now seems unlikely as German club Borussia Dortmund stepped up their efforts in acquiring the forward, confirming he would join them in the summer.
“He has already demonstrated that he can play at the top level,” Zorc added.
Dahoud, born in Amuda, Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), was previously listed among 39 other young footballers for the prestigious “Golden Boy” award.
Other notable players on the list included French star Kingsley Coman and Manchester United talent Marcus Rashford.
The Kurdish footballer made a total of 41 appearances for his current team Borussia Mӧnchengladbach in all competitions during the 2015-2016 season, scoring five goals.
This season, Dahoud has scored once in 19 league appearances, including one goal against German opposition Schalke in the Europa League.
The footballer’s parents fled the Assad regime in 1996, shortly after he was born, seeking refuge in Germany.
Dahoud signed for Mӧnchengladbach in 2010 at the age of 14. The youngster remained in the club’s academy before making his first-team debut in 2014.
He has since gone on to represent the German under-21 national side four times.
With plenty of potentials, the Kurdish footballer has an opportunity to move his career forward with a transfer to Borussia Dortmund.
Editing by Ava Homa