BORUSSIA Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has played down comparisons between Young Socceroo star Mustafa Amini and Japan's Shinji Kagawa.
The Bundesliga champions signed Amini on a four-year contract from Central Coast Mariners last summer but immediately loaned the attacking midfielder back to the A-League outfit for a season, where they won the premiers plate after a dominant regular season but failed to make the competition's Grand Final.
However, with Kagawa having departed for Manchester United, Amini is now being viewed as a direct replacement for the Japan international although Zorc finds such talk unhelpful.
"We will give the necessary amount of time to Amini, and show the patience you must have with young players."
The 19-year-old, meanwhile, is well aware that he will require plenty of time to adapt to his new surroundings.
"Germany is a whole new world for me," the Australia Under 21 international admitted.
"I want to learn as much as I can and become a better player."
Australian FourFourTwo magazine will have a feature on Amini and his Dortmund teammate Mitch Langerak in the upcoming issue, out August 8.