Beşiktaş closing in on Bryan Ruiz.

Updated: July 28, 2014

NTV Spor reported this morning that Beşiktaş have made significant progress in negotiations with Fulham FC over the acquisition of Bryan Ruiz.

Ruiz, who turns 29 on the 18th of August, signed for Fulham at the beginning of the 2011-2012 season for €12.000.000 from Dutch side FC Twente where he had spent the previous 2 seasons tallying an impressive 44 goals in 96 appearances in all competitions for ‘de Tukkers’.

However his time at Fulham went less smoothly and after having completed 3 years of his 4 year contract in London he looks on his way out of the English capital.

Ruiz managed only 7 goals in 68 Premier League appearances for the Cottagers and spent the second half of the 2013-2014 season on loan at PSV Eindhoven, scoring 5 goals in 14 appearances for the lamp club. Although he didn’t quite replicate his form at FC Twente in those six months at PSV, he did manage to get himself back up to a good level which led to an impressive 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP in Brazil with his country Costa Rica this summer.

Ever since Beşiktaş gave up on River Plate’s Manuel Lanzini, Bryan Ruiz has become their number one candidate for the playmaker role.

NTV Spor reported today that Fulham are now willing to lower their asking price from €6.000.000 to €4.000.000 for the Costa Rican and they implied a deal is imminent.




Note: Bryan Ruiz is without a doubt a talented player, he’s able to score and assist goals easily, something we’ve lacked from our midfield in recent years. It was also said earlier this summer that Slaven Bilic wants a player who can play both on the wings and behind the striker. Bryan Ruiz is perfectly capable of doing that, he has played on both wings successfully and has also done very well behind the striker. He isn’t a 21-year old up and coming talent like Manuel Lanzini, but at 29 he definitely still has plenty of good years in him. He has proven in Belgium and The Netherlands that he can be an incredibly important team player but he has also shown at Fulham that he doesn’t Always manage to deliver. What are the reasons for his failure at Fulham? Was it the difference in pace between the Eredivisie and the Premier League? Or was it the difference of playing for a contender like FC Twente and then going to a mid table side who isn’t Always able to bring the game to their opponents? It’s hard to say, Ruiz did show at the past World Cup that he is a player who can be important for a team still.


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Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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