Robin Van Persie revealed that former Liverpool and Fenerbahçe star Dirk Kuyt convinced him to join the Süper Lig outfit.
“I have been playing with Dirk Kuyt for the last 10 years and we have spoke about his position at Fenerbahçe,” Van Persie was quoted as saying by Turkish-football.com.
“He has always spoke very, very highly of this football club and everybody involved in it. If you look at the situation now it was very good of him, I have Turkish fans in Manchester and Holland and they gave me their insight about the club.”
As reported by Turkish-football.com’s Emre Sarıgül and the Guardian’s Jamie Jackson last Saturday Kuyt played a major role in Van Persie decision to make the move.
Kuyt spent three seasons at Fenerbahçe after joining on a £1 million move from Liverpool in 2012.
The 34-year-old winger won the Süper Lig and Turkish Cup during his time at the Yellow Canaries. Kuyt was also part of the Fenerbahçe side that reached the semi-finals of the 2013 Europa League.
Van Persie also revealed that Turkish fan culture also played a role in his decision to move to Istanbul.
“My first moment with Fenerbahce was 12 years ago when I had a game here with Feyenoord and that was an incredible moment for me because we have a playoff for the Champions Leaugue and I never ever forgot that. The fans were jumping it felt like the stadium was moving,” he added.