In an interview with Turkish paper Sabah, Cenk Tosun has stated that a representative of Besiktas called him to find out if Davy Klaassen was interested in a spell at the Istanbul giants. On one hand, this seems like an odd way of doing business, but Tosun’s close relationship with his former club is well known, as is Turkish football’s knack for being just a little bit... different than what English fans are used to.
According to the interview, Tosun responded that Klaassen had no interest in playing in Turkey, and the matter was closed.
He also commented on Besiktas’ new coaching hire, Guti, calling him a legend of the club and being very excited about the hire. The former Real Madrid and Besiktas player comes to Turkey from coaching the U19s at the Spanish club to great success. Seen at one point as a favorite to replace Zinedine Zidane, he certainly looks like a headline-grabber for Tosun’s former employer.
In the same interview, Tosun also discussed becoming a father in the near future, crediting the help of his family with being able to not miss anything despite his demanding career as a professional footballer.
Tosun is of course coming off a wonderful year, having 4 goals and 2 assists in Champions League play, 8 goals in the Turkish Super Lig, and 5 goals in less than 1000 minutes of Premier League action. He’s a polished, professional goalscorer, and after a few easy goals in Everton’s ‘friendly’ against what were probably a group of sugar beet farmers in Austria, he looks to open this new season in fine form.