Fenerbahçe midfielder Emre to sign with Atletico Madrid
Turkey's Arda Turan (L) celebrates with his teammate Emre Belözoglu after scoring a goal against Romania during their friendly soccer match in İstanbul August 11, 2010. (Photo: Reuters)
Fenerbahçe midfielder Emre Belözoğlu will sign a two-year contract with the La Liga giant Atletico Madrid later this week, the club confirmed on Tuesday.
The midfielder’s contract ended this month and he has not yet received an offer from Fenerbahçe. The renowned player had told the press last week that he wants to stay with Fenerbahçe until the club says they don’t need him anymore. Atletico Madrid has won the Europa League title twice in the last three years.
The Spanish club signed the 25-year-old Turkish international Arda Turan last year. Emre was banned from three games by the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) following allegations that he used a racial slur against Trabzonspor’s Didier Zokora. Many criticized Emre after the incident and some sports commentators advised he sign with a foreign team. The 31-year-old, who also had stints at Inter Milan, Newcastle and Galatasaray, will sign a two-year deal later this week subject to a medical, Atletico said on their website (www.clubatleticodemadrid.com).