This operation is independent of Modric's, although Tottenham have been one of the teams that have been interested in the white midfielder. He will be transferred because Mourinho wants the Turkish midfielder to play minutes in a high-level league which is not guaranteed in Madrid. Nuri Sahin is 23 years old and the Portuguese coach does not see him physically and mentally ready to play in the white team. "I try to be honest with Sahin. I think he must go if he has a chance", said the Mourinho after the friendly against Benfica.
Mourinho does not have him for next season. So much so that in the U.S.A. Tour used him as a left back in training and in matches (played 127 minutes in 4 games), not in the midfield position and where he was voted best player in the Bundesliga 2010-11 when Sahin played for Dortmund.
Nuri Sahin did not like this. He wanted to stay and assured it to his environment, but is aware that will have to accept his situation. Turkish midfielder arrived last summer to be the replacement for Xabi Alonso, but due to the injuries and technical decisions, his performance was not good: played 642 minutes in 10 games, 12.2% of the minutes in the season. He could not debut until November 6 against Osasuna. The Portuguese has much faith in his potential and so wants him to accumulate more minutes of high competition. All indications are that it will be at Arsenal.