Besiktas manager Senol Gunes has revealed that he never had plans for Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov.
“There were also rumours about Aleksandar Kolarov but he wasn’t in my plans,” Gunes was quoted as saying by FourFourTwo.
The Black Eagles were closely linked with a move for the City defender and club president Fikret Orman confirmed he was pushing for the transfer to go ahead in a recent press conference.
Kolarov was expected to leave over the summer but Pep Guardiola has given him a chance over the pre-season which suggests he may just have a place in the team next season.
The Istanbul giants were pushing for a loan move but City were reluctant to accept a temporary move for the Serbian international and wanted €8 million for him.
Besiktas were unable to meet City’s asking price and decided to sign for Barcelona left-back Adriano instead who joined on a three-year move last week.
The Eagles have made strengthening their defensive line a priority over the summer and Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo is expected to join the club on a one-year loan.
Besiktas won the league title last season and booked a place in the Champions League group stage in the process.