Stelios In Dark Over Turkey Links

Last updated : 17 January 2005 By Mark Heys

Greek midfielder Stelios Giannakopoulos has admitted that he was in the dark after reports in the media claimed that he was on his way to top Turkish side Besiktas.

A report on a satellite television station suggested that the 30-year old midfielder was set to depart the Reebok Stadium for Turkey, but the player himself says that he knew nothing about the alleged transfer.

"I just don't understand where it came from or who it came from. My telephone was ringing all day on Friday but I didn't understand what was happening." he told the Bolton Evening News

"I believe the Turkish CNN (satellite TV channel) was saying I had agreed, Bolton had agreed and I was going to have a fitness test today. If everything was OK I was going to sign. But I have no idea about that and Bolton had no idea. It was like thunder in a clear sky! , It is just not true."

The former Olympiakos winger is flattered to be linked to such a prestigious team as Besiktas but says that his main priority at the moment lies with his current club Bolton.

"Along with Fenerbahce and Galatasaray, Besiktas is one of the biggest clubs in Turkey and it is my honour (to be linked with them), But I have a contract here and I am happy here. We have started 2005 very well with three wins and a draw and now we have to keep going on."