Summary

  • Mor "honoured" to join Dortmund.
  • Teenager has drawn comparisons with Messi.
  • Wild card inclusion in Turkey's UEFA Euro 2016 squad.

Eighteen and barely out of short trousers, Emre Mor has already done enough to tickle the collective taste buds of all concerned at Borussia Dortmund.

Sporting director Michael Zorc describes the youngster, who has signed a five-year deal at BVB, as "an incredibly gifted young player who has enormous potential," but what else is there to know about this precocious Turkish talent?

'Extraordinary and unpredictable'

Born in Tingbjerg, on the outskirts of Copenhagen, Mor turned out for Bronshoj BK and Lyngby BK, before earning a move to FC Nordsjaelland in 2015. Despite representing Denmark at youth level, he switched allegiance to his parents' homeland and duly made his senior international debut for Turkey in a 1-0 friendly win over Slovenia on 29 March 2016.

"What he is capable of is extraordinary," enthused Nordsjaelland head coach Kasper Hjulmand, previously of Bundesliga outfit 1. FSV Mainz 05. "He has got so much speed in his feet, and he is so unpredictable. Just when you expect him to pass, he makes another dribble instead and changes direction. And when he does that, you do not catch him - that is plain impossible."

Football fans could see a lot more of two-time Turkey international Emre Mor at UEFA Euro 2016.

'Capable of anything'

With the press talking up Mor as 'the Turkish Messi' on account of his cultured left foot, low centre of gravity, magnetic ball control and mesmeric dribbling, it did not take long for the young Turkey international to capture the attentions of a number of big-name European suitors. Reports claim Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool FC were monitoring his situation, but after jinking his way into Fatih Terim's final 23-man squad for UEFA EURO 2016, he broke the hearts of myriad expectant admirers by joining Dortmund.

"BVB is a wonderful club in Europe with unique fans," Mor gushed upon confirmation of his headline move to the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK on 7 June. "I am immensely looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and can hardly wait for the season to begin and to make my debut appearance for Borussia."

Much like the player himself, Mor's time at his first station as a professional was short and sweet. The pint-sized forward made just 13 appearances in the Danish top flight for Nordsjaelland - registering two goals and as many assists - but on each occasion showcased glimpses of world-beating proficiency. If he is "capable of anything" as he nonchalantly remarked earlier this year, Dortmund fans are in for a real treat.

Christopher Mayer-Lodge