Taylan Duman will leave the Borussia Dortmund reserves in the summer and join 1. FC Nuremberg in the Bundesliga 2. "We've worked with him for a long time to ensure he makes it to an attractive, tradition-steeped club and we hope he continues to take positive steps in his development," explained Ingo Preuß, the sporting director of the U23s.
Duman joined BVB from the Fortuna Düsseldorf U23s in January 2019 and has made 51 appearances for the reserves in the Regionalliga West, notching 18 goals and 19 assists. A central midfielder by trade, Duman was converted into a wide player in pre-season and has since played predominantly on the right flank.
Duman was included in the Bundesliga squad for the home game against Mainz 05 on 17 June. He then completed parts of pre-season with the Dortmund first team under former coach Lucien Favre and featured in friendlies.
In the current Regionalliga campaign, Duman has the most scorer points of any player in coach Enrico Maaßen's team, with 11 goals and eight assists.
By moving to the Bundesliga 2, Duman becomes the latest in a long line of almost 60 players who have moved from the Borussia Dortmund U23s to a professional league in Europe. Most of them are in the Bundesliga or Bundesliga 2 in Germany, such as Marcel Halstenberg in Leipzig, Kerem Demirbay at Bayer Leverkusen, Jonas Hofmann at Borussia Mönchengladbach and Amos Pieper at Arminia Bielefeld. Christoph Zimmermann (Norwich City) and Joseph Boyamba (Waldhof Mannheim in the third tier) have also made the leap to a professional club.