Calhanoglu – ‘I would play for Turkey if Terim calls me up’ [divider]
Hakan Çalhanoğlu has revealed that he would still play for the Turkish national team if Fatih Terim calls him up.
“If Fatih Terim calls me up to the national team of course I would go,” Çalhanoğlu told German newspaper Express.
“It would be an honour to play for Turkey again, I am proud to be a Turk and would love to play for my country again.
“I would put everything aside and play for my country, not for Gökhan but for my country but this decision is up to the manager.”
Terim was heavily criticised for his decision to drop Bayer duo Çalhanoğlu and Ömer Toprak while calling up Gökhan Töre.
A friend of Töre pulled a gun on Çalhanoğlu and Toprak in an altercation last year while on national team duty.
The 20-year-old joined Bayer for €14.5 million this summer – the highest fee ever paid for a Turkish international.
Çalhanoğlu has scored seven direct free-kicks in the Bundesliga in his career despite being just 20-year-old.
The Turkish international attacking midfielder is currently the leading top free-kick scorer in Europe’s Top 5 leagues.