|Sahin training with Real Madrid|
Last season, Sahin never had the same pace of his peers because of an injury that suffered when he played for the Borussia Dortmund. The Turkish midfielder arrived at Real Madrid with a problem in the internal lateral ligament of his knee that stop him from doing the preseason to keep pace with his companions, which dogged him for the entire campaign.
Jose Mourinho tried by all means the player could reach the same physical level as his peers through a variety of customized plans, but Mourinho never saw Sahin ready to play on the team and that gave him ten opportunities. Throughout the season he only played 10 games: four in the Spanish league, four in Champions League and two in Spanish Cup.
The work Sahin is doing during holidays, is intended primarily to strengthen the quadriceps muscles, vital to prevent injuries in the knees. The Turkish has had three injuries to the ligaments in the last year and has a working protocol to prevent discomfort in this area. Sahin trains at the gym every day with his personal trainer and plays other sports that help him to improve his aerobic fitness.
Sahin is following the example of Karim Benzema, who last summer improved his physical performance with a personal trainer recommended by Zinedine Zidane. The results are obvious because the French has been one of the best players of Real Madrid this season.