A hammer in the German heart! Kenan Yildiz caused a stir with a dream goal on his debut in the starting eleven for the Turkish national team against Germany, raising the question of whether the DFB fell in love with him.
The 18-year-old, who left FC Bayern Munich in July 2022 after ten years, has already appeared five times in the Juventus professional team. And: The new Turkish coach, Vincenzo Montella, replaced him four minutes before the end of the 1-0 European Championship qualifying victory in Croatia. They are great assets for such a young player.
Yildiz with a dream goal against Germany
And now the crowning glory: the Regensburg-born attacker was able to start the duel against Germany on Saturday night at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin and scored the intermediate 2-1 for the Turks in the second minute of stoppage time. time in the first half.
After a long diagonal pass from Kaan Ayhan, the youngster did not hesitate long and drilled the ball into the second corner, where it first hit the bottom edge of the crossbar, then the post and finally the goal.
Yildiz is not yet confirmed for Turkey, as players under 21 must have played three competitive matches and the test against the DFB team does not count as a competitive match. But the motivation to change the association decreases more and more with each minute of use. Maybe the DFB is too late for the German-Turkish team?
The fact is that, since Yildiz is still under 21 years old, only after three official matches would he sign for a federation. If he plays the final qualifying match against Wales, Germany would have to approach him and convince him before the start of the European Championship in his own country. If the DFB approached him, Yildiz SPORT1-According to information, at least accept the interview offer.
Allegri has a high opinion of Yildiz
But there was still no exchange, as the player himself stated. sports photo He confirmed: “I have played for Turkey since the under-17s, I am very proud of that. Germany never approached me, never contacted me. That’s why the option didn’t exist, the question didn’t arise.”
And this despite the fact that Yildiz is developing impressively at Juventus. “I believed from the beginning that he would come to Juve,” said the attacker. Yildiz traveled to the United States with the first team last summer and coach Massimiliano Allegri thinks highly of him.
“It’s a pleasure to watch him play football,” Allegri said after his professional debut in the 3-0 win over Udinese Calcio. According to the Italian La Gazzetta dello Sport The coach has “a soft spot for Yildiz, who will have a great career.” It speaks to the maturity of the player that he was able to achieve this career after taking a brave step.
Kenan Yildiz (l.) could also play for Germany
Yildiz got fit at 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 LEADERBROCK agency. Yildiz came into form after previously attracting attention with twelve goals and seven assists for Juventus U19.
In the Next Gen team he gained experience in Serie C and there he also participated in two goals. Is Germany missing out on great talent? In any case, Yildiz will do everything possible to continue attracting attention.