Beşiktaş set for Antalya training camp

Updated: January 3, 2016

Beşiktaş ended the first half of the season as leaders with 41 points and the players got permission to leave 1 week after the last game against Konyaspor. That week has almost come to an end, meaning that most players have to gather at the Ümraniye Nevzat Demir complex tomorrow to go to the Antalya camp. Their flight to Antalya departs tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. from the Sabih Gökçen airport. Some players will go directly to Belek on their own, where the camp will be held for 9 days.

The Black Eagles will play a friendly game during the camp against Werder Bremen. The Eagles also have an away game in the Turkish cup against 1461 Trabzon on the 10th of January, and it is reported that the players will go there for 1 day and return immediately after the game. The camp will be held until the 13th of January and the players will return to Istanbul on that date, as another Turkish cup game will be played against 1461 Trabzon the day after that in the Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadium.

Beşiktaş wanted to make their transfers before the start of the camp, but unfortunately haven’t been able to do so. It is now being reported that the club will await news from the managers of Pedro Franco and Ramon Motta during the camp. Their exit seems almost certain.

Another player who hasn’t had much playing time so far this season, Alexander Milosevic, also wanted to leave in this transfer window, but he hasn’t gotten permission from head coach Şenol Güneş. The Swedish central defender wanted to leave to get more playing time resulting in a better chance for Euro 2016 in France this summer, but Güneş found that the number of central defenders would be too low if both Franco and Milosevic left and has therefore decided that Milosevic can’t leave the team.

Besides the players who haven’t had much playing time, important players like Gökhan Töre, José Sosa, Mario Gómez and Oğuzhan Özyakup have also been checked out by European clubs. Beşiktaş have however directly told them that they have no players for sale.

The club eagerly wanted to transfer a goalkeeper and central defender before the start of the camp, but the short break in the Süper Lig along with several European leagues going on resulted in the club not getting their desired ending.

Goalkeepers Denys Boyko, Steve Mandanda, David Ospina and Rafael Cabral and central defenders Douglas Silva, Papy Djilobodji and Serdar Aziz have been contacted, but the meetings haven’t resulted in a conclusion. The wait for after the 10th of January has now started, the date which club official Erdal Torunoğulları has pointed out.

Source: DHA


Yusuf Paklaci

Editor at Beşiktaş International
Living in the province of Utrecht, The Netherlands, where I was born and raised. Student Fiscal Economics at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. Have been a Beşiktaş fan for many years. Editor at Beşiktaş International since 2015.
Yusuf Paklaci