Mario Gómez shoots down departure rumours

Updated: May 3, 2016

Today Serdar Saridag of Milliyet published an article claiming that Mario Gómez had notified the Besiktas board of his decision to leave the club at the end of the season.

Earlier today Beşiktaş president Fikret Orman had already responded to the claims of Saridag’s article stating: “We are very fond of Mario and want to keep him at the club, but at this point our only goal is becoming champions, we will talk with Mario about his future at the end of the season. First we must become champions.” and continued “Mario has never expressed to us his desire to leave the club, he has made it clear to us that he is happy and wants to stay in Turkey.”.

Bild published an article two weeks ago in which they claimed that Mario Gómez did not want to make a decision regarding his future at this point. This was later confirmed as Gómez did not use the option in his contract to extend his loan for an additional year. Mario Gómez made it clear that he was happy at Beşiktaş but that he wanted to focus on the championship and be sure of Champions League football next season before making a decision. He stated “I made the mistake of signing for Fiorentina before it was certain they would qualify for the Champions League and then they lost their Champions League spot on the last matchday. I don’t want to make the same mistake again.”, insinuating that Mario Gómez is only willing to stay if Beşiktaş win the title and thus qualify for the Champions League.

Earlier tonight, Mario Gómez responded to the rumours started by Milliyet’s Serdar Saridag earlier today on his official Facebook account:

Wie ich schon letzte Woche gesagt habe, lasst uns erst Meister werden. Alle zusammen. Ich habe immer gesagt, dass ich mir sehr gut vorstellen kann, hier zu bleiben. Mit diesen geilen Fans in diesem Hammer-Stadion. Deswegen wird mein Berater nach der Saison mit Florenz und Beşiktaş Gespräche führen. Aber nicht jetzt in dieser für uns wichtigen Situation! Und all die, die meinen sie wissen etwas, wollen nur Unruhe reinbringen. Denn ich habe definitiv nicht entschieden, Beşiktaş zu verlassen. Auf geht’s Black Eagles. Euer Mario


I stand by what I said last week. Right now my only goal is to win the Championship, as I’ve always said. I feel really good here, with these amazing fans and fantastic stadium. I will sit around the table with both Fiorentina and Beşiktaş at the end of the season, nothing has been decided. News claiming to know that I have decided to leave are completely false and they are just trying to stir unrest. Because I have definitely not decided to leave Beşiktaş. Let’s go Black Eagles! Your MarioBs

Source: Mario Gómez’s official Facebook account

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Kaan Bayazit

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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