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Liverpool Striker Admits Trabzonspor Offer

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Having spent two injury-plagued seasons in England, striker Samed Yesil looks as though he could be heading to the Turkish league to try to revive his career.

Clive Brunskill

Last week, Samed Yesil's Istanbul vacation plans got turned into a rumour he was about to sign for Trabzonspor—a club in a city further from Istanbul than Liverpool is from London. While that trip had nothing to do with where he'll be playing football next season, the striker admits his immediate future could be in the Turkish league.

The striker today responded to a new set of rumours in the Turkish media, admitting there has in fact been interest from both Fenerbahce and Trabzonspor but that as yet no deal has been done and he has not entered into any discussions with the Turkish clubs believed to be tracking him.

"I am a Trabzonspor fan," he began, answering Turkish reports that he had rejected a Fenerbahce move this week. "However, rumours that I refused Fenerbahce because of the team I support are false. I never said I would never play for Fenerbahce—I am a professional."

Fenerbahce have, however, made an offer for him according to reports out of Turkey. So too, according to the striker, have Trabzonspor—though Yesil insists he hasn't started negotiations over personal terms with the club he grew up supporting and isn't even entirely sure he wants to head to Turkey.

"Trabzonspor have made an offer to Liverpool," he said. "However, I have not entered talks with them yet. It's an honour to be associated with them but I don't want to leave Liverpool either.

Yesil arrived in 2012 as one of the brightest attacking prospects in the Bundesliga, but a pair of ACL injuries have kept him sidelined almost constantly since, and his future at Liverpool—and perhaps even in football in general—is now in doubt.