‘Thought they were wrong’

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at 2:42 pm• Guy Habets

Orkun Kökçü, like the rest of football-loving Netherlands, was surprised by the transfer of Burak Yilmaz to Fortuna Sittard. He tells that to ESPN† The Feyenoord midfielder knows Yilmaz from the Turkish team and did not think he would move to Limburg. “I was shocked too.”

Thanks in part to the contacts of Isitan Gün, the owner of Fortuna, the Eredivisionist managed to capture Burak Yilmaz against all odds. The 36-year-old striker will be admired on and next to the Sittard pitches in the coming years and that was also brought to the attention of Kökçü. “I was also shocked by his arrival,” he chuckles. “I was already part of the Turkish team that played something, but I said they must have made a mistake. “You mean another club, maybe in Belgium,” I said. boost to the Eredivisie.”

Yilmaz and Kökçü played together in the Turkish national team, for which the striker scored 31 goals. There will be no more, because after the failed qualification for the World Cup, he resigned as an international. Kökçü, who has so far played sixteen international matches and scored one goal, will normally be admired in the Turkish national team in the coming years. There are still doubts about his club future, as Leicester City recently joined the list of interested clubs. The playmaker himself said that he expects to play at Feyenoord next season.

“I feel good here,” the midfielder said recently. “I have a good relationship with the coaches and the players and I have also seen that I have developed well here last season. It is certainly not in my head that I have to leave. I have a contract until 2025 and when I signed that contract, I also knew that anything was possible in those five years.” Kökçü played 32 matches in the league for Feyenoord last season, in which he was important with 7 goals and 9 assists. The creative also had a large share in reaching the Conference League final with the Rotterdam team. In the European tournament, Kökçü played twelve matches, with his name appearing on the scoreboard twice.


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