slimani wanted out of fenerbahce

17:00    06 Feb 2019

Fenerbahce's Islam Slimani (L)
Fenerbahce Vice President Semih Ozsoy has revealed that Islam Slimani tried to leave the club in the January transfer window.

The 30-year-old has endured a frustrating stay at the Turkish Super Lig side, having joined the club on-loan from Leicester City for the 2018-19 season.

Slimani has only scored four goals in 22 appearances across all competitions this season, as Fenerbahce continue to struggle at the wrong end of the league standings.

The Algeria international duly tried to force his way out of the club last month with Spanish LaLiga side Real Betis and an unmanned club from China having reportedly expressed interest in signing the forward. His attempt, though, proved unsuccessful.

"Slimani wanted to leave," Ozsoy told sports news outlet De Marke Sports. "We held talks with Betis. After we considered, we decided for him to stay until the end of the season but he will be with us."

Slimani will now see out the rest of the season in Turkey as he aims to stake a claim for a spot in Algeria's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations squad.

According to reports, Leicester City made it clear that Slimani couldn't return to King Power Stadium in January - this despite the Foxes having forked out a reported £28million for his services three years ago.


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