Kabak, Stuttgart’s new superstar

STUTTGART, GERMANY - MARCH 03: Ozan Kabak of VfB Stuttgart in action during the Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and Hannover 96 at Mercedes-Benz Arena on March 3, 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Bongarts/Getty Images)
STUTTGART, GERMANY - MARCH 03: Ozan Kabak of VfB Stuttgart in action during the Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and Hannover 96 at Mercedes-Benz Arena on March 3, 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The Turkey center-back recently joined the German Bundesliga team and he has been magnificent so far.

18-year-old center-back Ozan Kabak has been playing professionally since 2018.

He spent only one year at Turkish Super Lig side Galatasaray before being loaned to German Bundesliga club Stuttgart.

And in only six weeks, he has played six full games, scoring two goals for his new team.

“Obviously those two goals mean a lot to me. Not only because they were my first as a professional, but more importantly, because I got off the mark in front of our own fans,” Kabak told the club’s official website.

“I dedicate the goals to them. The most important thing was that I was able to help the team win.”

“The pace of the game is quicker here and there’s more pressure on you when you’re in possession, which makes it harder to keep the ball in play – not to mention launching an attack,” he continued.

“The Bundesliga is particularly good for young players like me who want to develop and take the next step forward.”

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“You have to run a lot more than you do in Turkey, too. The demands are greater here in a lot of areas, but I want to rise to those challenges and grow. That’s why I’m here,” he added.

“I’ve had a plan for my career from a very young age. My aim was to move from the Turkish Süper Lig to a top European league like the Bundesliga.”

“I made a conscious decision to join VfB because the club is known for having helped a lot of talented youngsters in their careers, like Sami Khedira, to name just one example. I also already knew a lot about Mario Gomez and Andreas Beck from their time in Turkey,” he concluded.

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