The 2014-15 season couldn't have ended in a more desperate fashion for Fenerbahce fans, who are used to experiencing an emotional roller coaster.
Having bullets fired at the team bus as it returned from a league fixture at Caykur Rizespor at the beginning of April left everyone connected to the club in a state of a deep shock. To make matters worse, Fenerbahce lost out on the title to bitter Istanbul rivals Galatasaray, despite beating them and Besiktas in a space of two weeks in March.
Monchi has rejected claims that Sevilla turned down the chance to sign Robin van Persie this summer, saying that snubbing the ex-Manchester United striker would be like rejecting Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
The Dutch striker decided to leave after being informed he was no longer in Van Gaal's immediate plans, and told the Sunday Times that problems began to develop after he was an unused substitute in the defeat at Chelsea...
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has expressed his surprise at Manchester United's decision to sell Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce.
Wenger signed off on the deal that saw Van Persie complete a move to United in 2012, with the 31-year-old having an instant impact as his goals propelled the Old Trafford club to the Premier League title in his first season.
Yet the Netherlands international fell out of favour under boss Louis van Gaal and was informed at the end of last season that he would be moved on...