Dirk Kuyt leaves Liverpool FC to join Fenerbahce
It appeared that Dirk Kuyt’s Liverpool career was coming to an end before the managerial appointment of Brendan Rodgers, with the Dutchman now confirming that he will be leaving Anfield this summer to sign for Turkish club Fenerbahce.
June 3rd, 2012
Kuyt is part of the Netherlands squad that will compete at Euro 2012, although it appears that the forward has already secured a move away from the Premier League, with the 31-year-old having found himself short of first-team football under Kenny Dalglish.
“After six years I am ready for a new challenge,” Kuyt said. “[The club and supporters] I will always carry in my heart. The appointment of the new coach has nothing to do with it. But when Fenerbahce came to me and made their ambitions known, from the first moment I was sold. They give me the confidence that I lost.”
Kuyt had one year left on his Liverpool contract, although it was always likely he would seek pastures new and the Merseyside club have put up little opposition to the move.
The striker said on Fenerbahce’s website: “It’s a very happy and proud moment. I am very happy to be part of such a big club.”
The Anfield club paid tribute to Kuyt’s contribution in a statement on their website. “Everyone would like to wish Dirk all the very best for the future and thank him for his contribution to the club.”