News today coming through is that Turkish International Emre has been officially unveiled by Fenerbahce, after the club today announced the midfielder had signed a four-year deal.
Emre – finally joins Fenerbahce
The deal between the Turkish powerhouse club and Newcastle was announced during the Euro 2008 Championships.
The actual closing of the deal was held up so the player could complete his National Service.
Under Turkish law, any citizen who has lived outside the country for up to three years has to spend 15 months in the national service, but anyone returning after more than three years living abroad, which is the specific case of Emre, has to sign up for only 21 days of basic military training.
We assume Emre has now completed that training.
There was never any doubt that the Emre deal would finally be completed, we just had to wait a few weeks.
And speaking on signing for the Turks, Emre said:
“For many years I have tried to represent Turkish football in Europe.
“I am very happy to have come to Fenerbahce, and I hope I will serve this club for years.”
The player’s fee is yet to be disclosed, and most reports have it around Â£4M.
Emre was a very good player, but he was injured too much to have the major impactÂ we would have liked.
With Newcastle now owned by Mike Ashley, there’s no legal requirement to say what the fee was.