Nihat staying with Sociedad

January 18, 2006

MADRID, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Real Sociedad's Turkish striker Nihat Kahveci said on Wednesday he would not leave the Primera Liga club before the end of the season.

'All I am concerned about is helping Sociedad,' he told a news conference. 'Yesterday we decided that I would stay until May. It was a decision taken jointly between myself and the club.'

The 26-year-old's contract with Sociedad runs out at the end of this season and media reports had been linking him with a move to Spartak Moscow in the January transfer window.

Sociedad coach Jose Maria Amorrortu left the player out of his last two squads because he felt Nihat did not have his mind focused on the task in hand.

'I don't want to talk about Spartak at present because I am still a Sociedad player,' Nihat said.

'All I want to do is concentrate on my football because we have a crucial game to play next weekend, and I have not played for nearly a month.'

On Tuesday Nihat's strike partner Darko Kovacevic suffered a relapse of an Achilles problem which will keep him out of action until the end of the season.

Sociedad play Athletic Bilbao in the Basque derby on Sunday.