Cenk Tosun Reveals Why He Turned Down Bayern Munich For Everton
Cenk Tosun would have been preparing for a Champions League Last 16 clash against Everton had he stayed at Besiktas over the winter transfer window.
Tosun actually played a major role in the Black Eagles reaching the second round of the competition scoring four goals and two assists in Group G.
The 26-year-old was directly involved in six goals of the Istanbul giants 11 goals in the competition.
Besiktas became the first Turkish side to book a place in the Last 16 as group leaders.
Tosun revealed that he turned down the chance to face Bayern Munich in the Last 16 as he wanted to open a ‘new chapter’ in his career and have new experienced.
The star striker did thank Besiktas and his former club Gaziantepspor for helping him develop into the player he is today.
“To leave a big club like Besiktas and their big supporters to open a new chapter in my career was not easy,” said Tosun to the official Everton website.
“There was a very special bond between me and the supporters there. I have scored very important goals and earned very important points, won important cups and experienced becoming the champions of the league twice.
“Besiktas really has a big place in my life. I should thank these clubs; Gaziantepspor and, especially, Besiktas.
“The Bayern Munich game is a big game in the Champions League and everyone in the world will be watching.
“But, for me, it was the right time to move on and have a new experience in my life. It is a great source of happiness to sign for a team like Everton.
“I have been feeling really great physically for the past two years. I scored a lot of goals last year. It was the best season of my career. This year in the Champions League I scored four goals and had two assists in six games.”
Tosun feels he has what it takes to compete in the Premier League after proving himself in Champions League.
“The English League is a very good league and you need to think as if every week you are playing in the Champions League. I believe that I will adjust to playing in this league,” he added.
“My body feels great at the moment, I am at the best age as a footballer and, God willing, I will improve more and better myself as a player.”
Tosun played an important role in lifting back to back league titles for Besiktas over the past two seasons.
The Turkey international is set to make his Everton debut against Tottenham on Saturday at Wembley.