Ozyakup To Stay At Besiktas This Season

Oguzhan Ozyakup will not be put up for sale by Besiktas this summer, a source close to the club told Turkish-football.com.

Besiktas are unwilling to to sell another of their star players, having already let Gokhan Tore go on a £2.5 million season-long loan to West Ham, and Mario Gomez confirming that he will not be returning to the club in this transfer window.

The Black Eagles want to avoid losing another player, and will therefore, hold on to Oguzhan Ozyakup for at least one more season. According to reports, Ozyakup, his agent, and the club had a meeting recently, and reached an agreement for the player to remain at the club for another season.

Manchester United and Arsenal are rumoured to be interested in the midfielder, who is currently valued at around £20 million.

Besiktas will consider offers for Ozyakup’s services in the next summer transfer window, and will hope to see his value increase should he have a strong season in the Turkish League as well as the Champions League.

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The Turkish international had also previously stated that he wants to stay at Besiktas for one more season, and will consider his options come the end of this term.

“There have been offers but I do not want to leave this season, I want to stay with Besiktas and play Champions League football,” Ozyakup was quoted as saying by Fanatik.

“I want to stay for one more season and then consider my options.”

The midfielder’s stock has risen dramatically over the last few years, after brilliant performances week in and week out for The Eagles in the Turkish Super Lig.

Besiktas president Fikret Orman confirmed that he would not sell the 23-year-old to a club unless it was one of the top clubs in England or La Liga, such as Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

“When Ozyakup leaves Besiktas it will be for Manchester United, Barcelona or Real Madrid. A club of that calibre,” Orman was quoted as saying by Turkish-football.com.

Ozyakup is an Arsenal academy graduate, but he left the Gunners in 2012 in search of more first team football.


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