Borussia Dortmund signing Salih Özcan talked about his new role in the team during a press conference in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland on Saturday.
“I’ve played different positions in different systems, but I feel comfortable on the ‘6’,” the 24-year-old told reporters, adding: “In terms of playing-style I’d describe myself as a destroyer, but I also like to feed the attack with passes.”
BVB, who conceded 52 goals in the previous Bundesliga season – a record-high for a vice-champion, are desperate to add defensive-minded players to their squad. Özcan, who joined from 1. FC Köln for €5m, is regarded as a key signing by Matthias Sammer.
The Turkish international expanded: “I never hold back going into a tackle – whether I get injured or the other guy. I don’t fear anything. In Cologne, we played football with a high press and counter-press. I’m confident that my playing style will help Borussia Dortmund.”
His aggressive style delayed Özcan’s trip to the training camp in Bad Ragaz. After taking a hit during training, he arrived in Switzerland with half a day of delay after getting check-ups in Dortmund.
“I got a painful knock in training, so everything needed to be checked, but I’m OK and after training individually today I will re-join team training shortly,” he reassured.