Kerim Frei joins Besiktas from Fulham
Frei, who signed for the London club from Swiss club Grasshopper in 2010, had a loan spell at Cardiff City last season. The youngster chose to go back to Turkey in order to get more regular action.
Fulham boss Martin Jol said: “Kerim has progressed well through his time in the Academy and into the fringes of the first team, which enabled him to play for the Turkish national team, which is a big thing for him.
“But for him to continue this progression and to really fulfil his potential he needs to play week in, week out, and I couldn’t offer him that as part of the first team here, so we decided to accept the offer from Besiktas.
“He’s sure to have a big impact back in Turkey and I know that on a personal level it’s a good option for him.”
The 19-year-old had previously represented Switzerland at the Under-18, Under-19 and Under-21 levels, but chose to represent Turkey since 2012, playing for them at Under-20 level. His performance earned him a call-up to the Turkish national team.
Jol added on Fulham’s official website, “As a club, because of the structure of the deal, we are still invested in his future and what we believe he’ll be able to achieve in time. I know he’ll be much happier playing, so we wish him all the best.”