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Johan Elmander headed to Turkey

Johan Elmander headed to Turkey

Published: 21 May 2011 10:53 GMT+02:00
Updated: 21 May 2011 10:53 GMT+02:00

Bolton Wanderers' Swedish striker Johan Elmander has signed a tentative deal with Galatasaray, the Turkish club announced on Friday without giving details of the agreement.

But a source told newspaper Aftonbladet that Galatasary's new acquisition will earn around 20 million kronor or $3 million USD per season on a two-year contract.

The 29-year-old, who is the Swedish national team's striker, scored 10 goals this season with Bolton Wanderers where he has played since 2008 after two seasons with French first division side Toulouse.

Elmander's contract with the Bolton Wanderers runs out after this season. Newspaper Dagens Nyheterna reports that clubs in several countries had been interested in getting him on board via an open transfer.

Galatasaray is currently struggling ninth in the championship, lagging 36

points behind leaders and arch-rivals Fenerbahce.

Galatasaray will be Elmanders seventh professional club after Feyenoord, Breda, Bröndby, Toulouse, and Bolton.

Aftonbladet is also reporting that Galatasaray is interested in acquiring Swedish midfielder Kim Källström from French club Lyon.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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16:35 May 21, 2011 by Plowbridge
This can't be the first time that the words "Elmander" and "turkey" are mentioned in the same sentence.
18:20 May 21, 2011 by Rick Methven
But now he is heading to the country not the stupid one that gets eaten
02:26 May 22, 2011 by Beavis
Enjoy the money over the next 2 years.. anyone playing in Turkey tends to end their career their or last stop befor egoing back to a Swedish club or North America.. bad move
08:55 May 22, 2011 by Norrlands Turk
"anyone playing in Turkey tends to end their career their or last stop befor egoing back to a Swedish club or North America.. bad move "

like Anelka?

Second and third tier teams in the UK, Spain etc are out of money. Many of them can't match with what Turkish giants (Fenerbahce, Besiktas, Galatasaray) offer nowadays.

Elmander is not a star player or anything and Galatasaray will be his last chance to play in an European cup competition. Not a bad move at all. He will just need to play good football or he will be sitting in the bench like how Linderoth used to and end his career miserably.
11:28 May 22, 2011 by Beavis
Nothing personal against the Turkish league, every league in Europe has been destoyed by FIFA/UEFA and the money men wanting strong English,Spanish,Itialian and French league and doing everything in their power to give them extra Champions League spots, skipping the first 3 rounds etc . Anelka is an exception unfortunatly..Most top players who go to Turkey end their careers their or move to their home countries after and retire. He may have been better to move to a Bundesleiga team
12:13 May 22, 2011 by Norrlands Turk
He would have moved to Bundesliga if he had received an offer from a good german team, but apparently he did not.

And I would have agreed with you about Turkish league being a dead end for good players until a decade ago. Anelka is not an exception. There are many other players like him, like John Carew and Franck Ribery. All these players struggled in European clubs, played in Turkish league in a season or two (and played well), then transferred to a top tier European club.

I guess many of those top players have the perception of Turkish League being a lower quality competition. They realize that its not after they transfer to Turkey. Media is tough, chairmans, boards and supporters are extremely impatient. Its not uncommon to see a team changing its manager four times in a season. If they survive that environment, then they do well in their next team. But many of them fail since they come unprepared.
14:30 May 22, 2011 by SimonDMontfort
Elmander's 10 goals in a season seems to hardly set the world alight but its helped keep Bolton W in the premier league.

Elmander's been at a number of clubs in his career, but I reckon that, certainly English clubs, have been very happy with their Swedish players' commitment and loyalty. Ljungberg stayed at Arsenal for many seasons, Mellberg, the same, for Aston Villa.

Is it money talking? Or are Swedish players generally more settled sorts of guys?
23:53 May 23, 2011 by jamesblish
Why do you think there is such a thing as swedish players in general? Maybe they're just players like everyone else. Some do this, some do that, all different people.
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