KUYT RETIRES

Dirk Kuyt announced his retirement from playing for his national country Holland after the 2014 World Cup comes to an end. The Dutchman is currently helping Fernerbahce fighting in their league and he is expected to get past the 100 matches mark with Holland during the upcoming World Cup.

"I will never stop calling myself an international. But I have to be realistic. This will be my last tournament. I am 34 years old. Other players will take my place’’.

"It's very special that my last World Cup will be in Brazil. Hopefully we can achieve the same level as in 2010. I think it's going to be a really good tournament with Brazil as absolute favorites. You just want to be there with the best players and best countries in the world. Hopefully we can achieve the same as we did in 2010 when we reached the finals’’.

LIVERPOOL CRUISING

Liverpool’s charge to the top spots of the Premier League continue rolling on in sensational form with a 3-1 triumph over Cardiff City and Luis Suarez once more being the central figure of the club as he scored twice and gave the assist for the remaining goal.

Even though Suarez is going through a marvelous time in Liverpool with Brendan Rodgers and his teammates, the January wish-list for the Premier League club is going to be a busy one as they have a number of players hoping to land when the transfer window re-opens.

The 21 years old defender of Oldham, James Tarkowski is one of the targets that Brendan Rodgers has as he is a huge fan of the defender and has a contract that expires at the end of the next season but Rodgers should be able to offload more money in order to snatch him away from his current club even if it hasn’t ended.

Fenerbahçe keen on PSG’s Pastore

Turkish giants Fenerbahçe are keen on signing Paris Saint Germain playmaker Javier Pastore, according to manager Ersun Yanal.

The Argentina international joined the French giants in the summer of 2011 in a big money move from Italian club Palermo and was the first marquee signing for the club under their new Qatari owners.

But since the move, he has failed to produce the kind of form in France that prompted the Parisian club to part with almost £ 40 million for his signature, the kind of form that he displayed with Palermo, which made him one of the most sought after youngsters in Europe with the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid keen on bringing him to the club.

Dirk Kuyt rubbishes claims of Premier League return

Fenerbahce forward Dirk Kuyt has rubbished recent rumors in the English press that has seen him linked with a move back to the Premier League with the likes of Fulham and newly promoted Cardiff City weighing up a bid for the Netherlands international.

Kuyt, who enjoyed an extended holiday before returning to pre-season training with the club in Turkey, tweeted that holidays are over for him and it is time that he put in the hard yards to regain the required fitness. He also added on that tweet that he really missed Fenerbahce and was also looking forward to meeting his friends and reconnecting with the fans once again.

He posted another tweet where he denied reports in Turkish media which had stated that he had spoken to Dutch radio and completely denied that he had done so. He went on to add that he had not spoken to any media outlet during the vacations.

KUYT STAYING

The agent of Dirk Kuyt, Rob Jansen, has made it clear that his client is not going to join Napoli this summer.

There were speculations that the newly appointed Napoli manager Rafa Benitez who was Kuyt’s boss at Liverpool wants to sign him again and the Dutch winger might move to Italy this summer. But, his agent has denied those speculations.
When asked about the reports of Kuyt joining Napoli, Jansen said, “I have no idea about Napoli’s interest in Dirk. They haven’t called me yet.”

“I don’t think Dirk is looking to join any other club this summer. He enjoyed his first season at Fenerbahce and he wants to stay there.”

At Liverpool, Kuyt played under the guidance of Rafa Benitez for 4 years before the latter left the club in June 2010.

Kuyt stayed at Liverpool for two more seasons before making a move to Turkey at the start of the last season. Fenerbahce bought him after paying a transfer fee of 1 million Euros.

GALA WERE LUCKY

The Ivory Coast international striker Didier Drogba has said that Galatasaray have been extremely fortunate to get a 0-0 draw in the recent match against Anatolia.

Galatasaray have been on a seven match unbeaten run before this match, and they managed to extend the unbeaten run to 8 matches following this draw. However, the former Chelsea striker Drogba admitted that his team were lucky to come away with a point. Drogba has said that it was an extremely tough match especially after the Champions league exertions for Galatasaray. The Turkish club are currently top of the table with a seven-point advantage over the second placed Besiktas.

GALA HAVE A CHANCE

Galatasaray have a greater chance of progression into the quarter-final stage of the Champions League according to the goalkeeper of the Turkish club, Fernando Muslera. Galatasaray have been one of the surprise package is in the Champions League this season, as they have progressed to the last 16 stage despite being in a group containing the likes of Manchester United.

They will be facing Schalke in the first knockout stages. The 2-1 win over Braga in the final group match helped Galatasaray secure this tie against the German club. Even though there have been suggestions that Galatasaray have been handed a relatively easy draw, Muslera said that there are no easy games in this tournament.

KUYT BACKS LIVERPOOL FANS

The former Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt has praised the Liverpool fans by saying that they are one of the best in the world, while the atmosphere that they generate at Anfield is also unbelievable.

The 32-year-old Dutch forward recently brought an end to the six year spell at Anfield by moving to the Turkish club Fenerbahçe for around £ 1 million. He has also said that he is yet to experience the full atmosphere of the Fenerbahçe due to the stadium ban that has been ongoing. He has also praised the life in Turkey by saying that the people are extremely friendly.

KUYT CALLS ON ROBIN

The striker of Fenerbahce, Dirk Kuyt has said that he would try to persuade his compatriot and former Arsenal captain, Robin Van Persie, to join Fenerbahce. He gave this statement while talking to the Liverpool news reporters before the World Cup qualifying match between Netherlands and Turkey.

As per Kuyt, he was on a holiday with Persie before the start of the season and he had talked to Persie about joining Fenerbahce then. But, Persie wanted to continue playing in the Premier League and he was looking to sign for an English club. So, he opted for Manchester United. The Dutch veteran said that he would again try to bring Persie to Fenerbahce.

FENERBACHE KEEN ON RVP TOO

The former Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt has said that the Arsenal star striker Robin van Persie has once mentioned to him that he would like to play for his current club Fenerbahçe.

The former Liverpool striker recently ended his six-year association with the Premier league club after moving to the Turkish club. Arsenal star striker Robin van Persie, who is also a fellow Dutchman, has been heavily linked with a move away from Arsenal in recent months. He also recently confirmed that he would not sign a new contract with the club.

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