Shakhtar manager Lucescu rules out summer move to Turkey

Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu has ruled out a summer move to Turkey.

The Romanian manager had been closely linked with Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe but has pledged his future to Shakhtar.

“I have one year left on my contract and I want to honour it. All the rumors are nothing but media speculations.” Lucescu was quoted as saying by Fenerbahçe Global.

“We have been Ukraine’s best representatives in Europe for the past 10 years, all fans are tolerant towards us, as politics and football are two separate matters”

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Lucescu was reported to be considering his options due to the security situation in Ukraine.

The 69-year-old manager has a lot of experience coaching in Turkey.

Lucescu previously managed Beşiktaş and won the Süper Lig as Black Eagles head coach in 2002-03.

The former Beşiktaş boss also coached Galatasaray between the 2000-02 seasons, during which time he won the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid and reached the quarter-finals in the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League.

The experienced manager guided Galatasaray to the Super Lig title the following season however, was sacked despite winning the title.