Thursday, 21st November, 2013

Chelsea have been dealt a slight blow after target Burak Yilmaz claimed he is committed to Galatasaray despite this summer's failed move to Lazio.

Chelsea were believed to be lining up a January raid for the Galatasaray striker after the latter's club president Unal Aysal admitted he would not mind an offer from the Blues.


Yilmaz came agonisingly close to signing for Lazio this summer, though Aysal eventually proved the deciding factor in him staying on in Turkey.

And despite Chelsea's renewed hopes, Yilmaz appears content with life under Aysal, telling Fanatik: "I am now just completely channelled into Galatasaray.


"I am not worried, in any way, by the issue around not being able to go to Lazio. I have closed this book completely.

"Lazio had reached the final stages of the transfer. My president spoke to me and told me he was proud to have me in the team. This took the idea of leaving out of my head.

"For a player to hear such words is a great source of pride and happiness. There is no room in my head for this sort of situation anymore."

Yilmaz has made 11 appearances for Galatasaray in the Super Lig this season with four goals and five assists added on.

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