Besiktas midfielder responds to West Ham link

Besiktas midfielder Veli Kavlak has denied rumours that he will join West Ham over the summer.

Kavlak revealed that he expects to stay at Besiktas next season despite being closely linked with a Premier League move.

“I want to win the league again with Besiktas next season we have not discussed severing ties,” Kavlak was quoted as saying by Fotospor.

West Ham and Everton are locked in a race to sign Kavlak according to Turkish newspaper Milliyet.

The Austrian international missed the entire season with injury but was the backbone of the Besiktas for the previous two seasons under the stewardship of Hammers boss Slaven Bilic.

Kavlak recently stated that Bilic was like a father figure to him during his time in charge of the Istanbul giants.

“He [Bilic] was like a father for me. He always supported me and gave me freedom to express myself,” Kavlak was quoted as saying by the daily newspaper Radikal.

The hard working midfielder joined Beşiktaş for £600,000 from Rapid Vienna in 2011 and has eight goals and 14 assists in 144 appearances for the Black Eagles.

Kavlak did not feature for Besiktas this season due to missing the entire campaign with an injury. The 25-year-old was expected to be a key member of the side had he been fit.

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