Fulham Football Club can confirm that Turkey winger Kerim Frei has joined Besiktas on a permanent transfer.
Frei joined Fulham’s Academy in 2010 and in 2011/12 made 25 appearances for the First Team in all competitions, including stand-out performances against SW6 neighbours Chelsea.
In October 2012, Frei joined Cardiff City on a one-month loan deal which saw him play three games for the Welsh side. But a run of injuries and competition for a First Team place meant Frei wasn’t able to hold down a spot in the side on his return to Fulham and he chose to move to Turkey just after the 2013 English summer transfer window closed.
Manager Martin Jol said: "Kerim has progressed well through his time in the Academy and into the fringes of the First Team, which enabled him to play for the Turkish national team, which is a big thing for him.
“But for him to continue this progression and to really fulfill his potential he needs to play week in, week out, and I couldn’t offer him that as part of the First Team here, so we decided to accept the offer from Besiktas.
“He’s sure to have a big impact back in Turkey and I know that on a personal level it’s a good option for him. As a Club, because of the structure of the deal, we are still invested in his future and what we believe he’ll be able to achieve in time. I know he’ll be much happier playing, so we wish him all the best."
Frei added: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at Fulham and I’m grateful for all of the support I received both as a young player in the Academy and with the First Team. It’s a great Club, with good people and great fans and it helped me a lot with my progression.
“Now it’s time for my next step and I’m very excited about playing for Besiktas, and in Turkey, where I know that I’ll be really happy."
The Club thanks Kerim for his contribution and wishes him well for the future.