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Ozan Kabak

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Norwich Career: 2021- (on loan from Schalke) 
Current Club: Norwich City (on loan from Schalke (Germany))
Date of Birth: 25/03/2000 (Ankara, Turkey) 
Nationality: Turkish

Biography

On 30th August 2021 Norwich City signed Turkish international central defender Ozan Kabak on loan from German side Schalke. The deal also includes an option to buy 21-year-old for 13m euros (£11.1m).

The centre-back had joined Liverpool on loan in February 2021 and played 13 times for the Reds, but they opted against making his move permanent. The deal was reportedly worth £1 million, plus potentially £500,000 in add-ons depending on appearances and Liverpool's performance in the Champions League. It also included an option to buy, which was set at approximately £18 million and could rise to £26.5m with add-ons.

Kabak said "I spoke with the head coach and I'm really impressed by his project and what he said to me. I believe in him and his project. I played in the Premier League last year and I really enjoyed it. So, I want to play again and that's why I'm here. I want to play in the Premier League and to give something to the team."

Kabak began his career in the Galatasaray youth team which he joined aged 11 in 2011. His first professional contract came in July 2017 and he made his debut in a league win over Yeni Malatyaspor in May 2018. He made 18 appearances for Galatasaray before moving to German side Stuttgart on 17 January 2019. He made 17 appearances for Stuttgart, scoring three goals.

He moved to Schalke on 30th June 2019 for a fee of 15 million Euros. He made 42 appearances for them before joining Liverpool.

At the time of his transfer he had been capped 12 times by Turkey having already played for them at Under-15, Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 level. He made his senior debut against Andorra in a UEFA Euro 2000 qualifier on 17th November 2019.

Kabak made his Norwich debut on 18th September 2021 in a 3-1 home defeat to Watford in the Premier League.


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