A hammer in the German heart! Kenan Yildiz caused a stir with a dream goal on his starting debut for Turkey against Germany, fueling questions about whether the DFB got into bed with him.
The 18-year-old, who left FC Bayern Munich in July 2022 after ten years, has already appeared five times for Juventus’ professional team. E: The new coach of the Turkish national team Vincenzo Montella replaced him four minutes before the end of the 1-0 victory in the European Championship qualifiers in Croatia. These are great values for such a young player.
Yildiz with a dream goal against Germany
And now the crowning moment: On Saturday evening the Regensburg-born striker was admitted to the duel against Germany at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin – and scored the provisional 2-1 for the Turks in the second minute of added time in the first half.
After a long diagonal shot from Kaan Ayhan, the youngster did not hesitate for long and nailed the ball into the far corner, where it first hit the bottom edge of the crossbar, then the post and then into the goal.
Yildiz is not yet confirmed for Turkey, as under-21 players must have played three official matches and the test against the DFB team does not count as an official match. But the motivation to change associations diminishes more and more with every minute of use. Maybe it’s too late for the DFB for the Turkish-German team?
The fact is: since Yildiz is still under 21, he would only be signed with an association after three competitive matches. If he plays the final qualifying match against Wales, Germany would have to approach him and convince him before the start of the European Championships in their country. If the DFB had approached him, Yildiz would have done so SPORT1-According to the information, at least accept the offer for an interview.
Allegri thinks highly of Yildiz
But the exchange hasn’t happened yet, as the player himself declared Sporty image confirms: “I have been playing for Turkey since the Under 17s, I am very proud of it. Germany never approached me, never contacted me. That’s why the option didn’t exist, the question didn’t arise.”
And this despite Yildiz growing impressively at Juventus. “I believed from the beginning that I would be able to make it at Juve,” said the striker. Yildiz traveled to the United States with the first team last summer and coach Massimiliano Allegri thinks highly of him.
“It’s a joy to watch him play football,” Allegri said after his professional debut in the 3-0 win at Udinese Calcio. According to Italian Gazzetta dello Sport The coach has “a soft spot for Yildiz, who will have a great career”. The fact that he was able to embark on this career after taking a courageous step shows the maturity of the player.
Kenan Yildiz (left) could also play for Germany
Yildiz got into shape during a summer training camp
Instead of resting last summer, he worked hard with Noah Darvich (FC Barcelona) and Adin Licina (FC Bayern Munich) at a training camp in Valencia organized by his agency LEADERBROCK. Yildiz returned to form after previously impressing with twelve goals and seven assists for the Juventus U19 team.
In the Next Gen team he gained experience in Serie C and was also the protagonist of two goals there. So is Germany missing out on great talent? In any case, Yildiz will do everything to continue attracting attention to himself.