Man United & Man City target Caglar Soyuncu makes official Bundesliga five-man shortlist for young talent of the season
Manchester United and Manchester City target Caglar Soyuncu has made the official Bundesliga shortlist for ‘Rookie of the Season’.
According to the official website the award goes to the best under-21 player of the season and is decided by a fans vote.
The public have been given a five-man shortlist picked based on their performance over the course of the season.
The voting will end on Tuesday.
Soyuncu was among the five to be picked for the prestigious award.
Nail Bentaleb, Ousmane Dembele, Riechedly Bazoer and Jordan Torunarigha were the other names that made the list.
Soyuncu has enjoyed a meteoric rise going from second-tier Turkish football at Altinordu to a Bundesliga regular at Freiburg within the space of a season.
The 20-year-old centre-back established himself as a first-team regular for the German outfit.
The Turkish international has received widespread praise this season.
The official Bundesliga website recently ran a feature on his development.
FourFourTwo magazine included him in a list of eight Bundesliga bargains Premier League sides should consider signing last week.
The article also reported that both Manchester clubs have shown an interest in Soyuncu.
Soyuncu himself recently revealed that he admires current United boss Jose Mourinho.
“I admire Jose Mourinho, not just his football but his philosophy,” Soyuncu was quoted as saying by Turkish-Football.
“I would like to work with him in the future.”
Soyuncu has established himself as a first-team starter.
The young centre-back has started the last three games for Turkey – the 3-1 victory over Moldova, goalless draw against Macedonia and the 4-1 win over Kosovo.
Soyuncu’s agent Mustafa Doğru recently confirmed that they have received interest but that they plan to keep Soyuncu at the club for at least another season to aid his development.
“There is interest, I do not want to get into the offers that is up to the clubs transfer policy,” he was quoted as saying by Turkish-Football.
“We do think it would be in his best interest to stay on for at least another season and then consider our options.
“We think it would be in his best interests, our priority is for him to keep developing and improving his game.”
Soyuncu also made team of the season on the Das Erste German national television channel.
— Turkish Football (@Turkish_Futbol1) May 22, 2017