Former Eagles defender Egemen becomes Canary

Turkey defender Egemen Korkmaz has now signed with Fenerbahçe. (PHOTO Today’s Zaman)

July 05, 2012, Thursday/ 16:51:00

Turkey defender Egemen Korkmaz, whose contract with Beşiktaş was recently terminated by mutual consent, signed with Fenerbahçe on Wednesday -- thus becoming the latest Yellow Canary.

A three-year deal has been signed and sealed, and Fenerbahçe has informed the İstanbul Stock Exchange (İMKB) accordingly. “The negotiations with professional footballer Egemen Korkmaz ended in a perfect agreement [between both parties],” the Fener statement read.

“The contract is for a three-year period, and the player will receive a net salary of 1.75 million euros per season and an additional 15,000 euros per match, the statement further said.

And so another cycle in Egemen’s football career has come to an end. “Every story has an ending, but in life every ending is just a new beginning.” Consequently, Egemen is now a former Eagle and new Canary.

Egemen joined Beşiktaş from Trabzonspor as a free agent last season. The Black Eagles, as Beşiktaş is commonly called, had a dismal 2011-12 season -- by their own standards. They finished a distant fourth in the domestic Super League and therefore wound up winning nothing at all.

Furthermore former Beşiktaş Chairman Yıldırım Demirören abandoned the club to become head of the Turkish Football Federation (TFF), leaving behind a mountain of debt.

New pragmatic Chairman Fikret Orman appears to be the exact antithesis of Demirören as he is really against extravagance and waste. He launched a campaign urging players to “make sacrifices” by accepting salary cuts.

Some conformed, but Egemen defiantly rejected the idea of pay cuts, and that is when the parting-of-the-ways process began. The disaccord with the Beşiktaş rulers was resolved on July 1, when the veteran defender’s contract was terminated in mutual accord.

Egemen, thinking he stands to gain more as a free agent, agreed to forego the 1.4 million euros owed him by Beşiktaş and also paid an additional 500,000 euros for his buyout clause.

For the record: The 29-year-old Egemen, capped eight times for Turkey, previous played for Balıkesirspor (1999-2000), Kartalspor (2000-2002), Bursaspor (2002-2008), Trabzonspor (2000-2011) and Beşiktaş (2011-2012) before joining Fenerbahçe on Wednesday.

Sabri stays at Galatasaray

In another development, Galatasaray captain-midfielder Sabri Sarıoğlu has renewed his contract with the Lions for two years plus a one-year option. Simply put, Sabri’s contract has been extended until 2015.

According to a statement from Galatasaray, the reigning Turkish champion, the midfielder will receive $1.25 million per season for 2012-2013, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, and will also get $15,000 per match. And whether or not his contract is extended after 2015 will depend on whether or not he plays an average of 30 official matches per season.

The 27-year-old Sabri has spent his entire football career with Galatasaray, having risen through the ranks of the Galatasaray youth team to the senior squad in 2003.

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