Exclusive: No Beşiktaş/Roeselaere partnership for the time being.

Updated: August 22, 2014


Beşiktaş JK and Belgian Proximus league side (2nd division) KSV Roeselaere were planning on starting a partnership deal where Beşiktaş would send some youth players to Belgium to get first team experience.

However we have just learned that Beşiktaş informed KSV Roeselaere CEO Johan Plancke yesterday that a deal was off the table due to ‘lack of funds’.

Johan Plancke: “Our contact within the club [Ali Naibi] has informed us that there will be no partnership at this time. We will stay in contact however and are open to work together in the future. We have received offers from Club Brugge and KAA Gent, who already have some players at our club, for a possible partnership.”

Beşiktaş were initially going to send a minimum of 4 players to Roeselaere who would get regular first team football and in exchange they’d pay Roeselaere an annual fee of €500.000, one of the players who would have been sent to Roeselaere woudl’ve been Nigeria’s U20 captain Musa Muhammed who is expected to sign a professional contract with Beşiktaş in October once he’s turned 18, he woudl’ve been sent to Belgium to get first team experience but more importantly to circumvent the foreigner rule. Whether Musa Muhammed will be signed to a professional contract may also be up in the air right now.

Beşiktaş and KSV Roeselaere had already agreed on a partnership roughly two months ago, but after the resignation of Önder Özen as Director of Football the deal got pushed to the side. Beşiktaş informed Roeselaere that the deal was still on the table, however they repeatedly postponed the final meeting and contract signing for the past month or so and have now finally decided that a deal isn’t prudent at the time.

Roeselaere are dissapointed but remain hopeful that a future partnership may still be on the table, Beşiktaş are currently looking to invest all their available budget in transfers for the upcoming season. Having already spent €11,5 million on transfers of a total €11 million transfer budget, it had been implied that the club was using next year’s budget already to form a squad ready to fight for the championship. Because the Black Eagles are still in the market for a playmaker and a rightback they see no possibility at the current time to fund a feeder club partnership with KSV Roeselare and will instead choose to loan out their young players to Turkish clubs instead.

Muhammed Demirci had already joined PTT1. side Gaziantep BBSK on loan, Günay Güvenç joined Mersin Idmanyurdu while Mertcan Aktas and Hasan Türk have joined Fatih Karagümrükspor over the past few weeks and other youngsters are expected to follow to different clubs shortly.



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Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
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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