Some disappointment for Newcastle today as 32 year-old Fenerbahce and former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has said he is happy playing at Fenerbahce and he is settled there – he doesn’t want to move back to the Premier League.
It had been reported that Rafa Benitez was keen to link up with the stalwart center-back and we thought Martin would be a great buy for us for around £5M and could have done a good job for us over the next three years because of his vast experience.
But Martin has other ideas and he wants to stay playing in Turkey with top club Fenerbahce.
The news about the 90 times capped Slovakian International is in Turkish sports newspaper Sozcu and this is what the defender has said about a possible move back to England:
“I don’t want to leave, I have settled in and want to remain at Fenerbahce.”
Stoke City and Swansea City are reported to be the other Premier League clubs interested in the defender but there was always a great chance he would want to join his former manager Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United.
But Martin doesn’t want to come, so that’s another target to cross off the list – Martin will not be making a move to Newcastle.
That’s a real pity.