Loris Karius’ time at Besiktas has not gone as smoothly as it might, with disputes over unpaid wages and frequent chatter about the Turkish club not valuing him at the originally agreed price that would have made his two-season loan permanent.
For a time, the belief was that Besiktas were angling for a better deal than the £7.25M they agreed with Liverpool—a fee in addition to an initial £2.25M loan payment and one that was meant to be triggered automatically if Karius played often enough.
Now, though, it appears that may not have been the case and that they simply have little interest in keeping him beyond the current season. This based on the latest quotes from Besiktas’ manager following a 2-2 draw with Trabzonspor.
“Karius will not be with us once the season ends,” manager Sergen Yalçın said following the draw. “We are currently playing with him and do not intend to make many changes, but at the end of the season he will probably not be with us.”
Besiktas had gone into the game against Super Lig leaders Trabzonspor targeting maximum points as they seek to close the gap on the European places in Turkey as they enter the home stretch of what has been a difficult season for them.
Currently, they sit seventh, six points away from even qualifying for the early rounds of the Europa League with 11 games still to play. And on the weekend against leaders Trabzonspor, Karius again faced criticism for the goals that he had allowed.
“Goalkeepers can sometimes be unlucky,” Yalçın added. “Good goalkeepers sometimes let in very bad goals. They can say the ball has eyes, so I don’t think it is right to judge the players. We will do the best we can do until the end of the season.”