Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has arrived at the Atatürk airport in Istanbul via a private jet ahead of completing his move to Fenerbahce.
The Reds centre-back told reporters at the airport: “I was not expected so many people to turn up. I am delighted to be here and cannot wait to play in front of the fans.”
Skrtel did however, underline that the transfer is not yet complete but that he expects to sign for Fenerbahce imminently.
“We just have a few more steps, I hope everything is sorted by tomorrow and then I can become a Fenerbahce players,” he added.
Stars & Friends – Skrtel’s management company – agent Mihat Halis told Turkish-football.com last week that the transfer was almost certain to go ahead and that all that remained is for Fenerbahce to wrap up contract talks with the Slovakian international.
“The clubs have agreed, we just have some personal details to sort out, it is nothing that won’t be sorted,” he said.
Srktel has become the third player to join Fenerbahce this summer after Roman Neustadter and PSG’s Gregory van der Wiel who joined last week.
The defensive trio will replace Ba, Gokhan Gonul and Bruno Alves who have already parted ways this summer.
Fenerbahce finished last season as runners-up and lost the Turkish Cup final against Galatasaray.