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Fenerbahce striker Robin van Persie cools Chelsea and Barcelona links

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti responds to reports suggesting Barcelona's interest in signing Robin van Persie and Dirk Kuyt.

Robin van Persie has cooled speculation he could join Chelsea or Barcelona in January, saying he is happy at Fenerbahce.

Van Persie, 32, left Manchester United in the summer after falling down the pecking order under Louis van Gaal, but he has had a disappointing start to life at Fenerbahce

The Netherlands international has been linked with moves to both Chelsea and Barca in the winter window but he has indicated that he plans to remain in Turkey.

"There is a lot of talk about Chelsea and...

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Galatasaray set to appoint Mustafa Denizli to succeed Hamza Hamzaoglu

Mustafa Denizli
Mustafa Denizli (left) last managed Galatasaray 23 years ago.

Galatasaray have announced they are set to appoint former boss Mustafa Denizli as their new coach.

Denizli, an ex-Turkey international, has managed Gala on two previous occasions in 1987 to 1989 and 1990 to 1992.

The 66-year-old, who has also managed Gala's Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce and Besiktas, is in line to replace Hamza Hamzaoglu, who was dismissed last week despite winning the Turkish Double last season.

"We have reached an agreement in principle and shaken hands," Gala chairman Dursun Ozbek...

Galatasaray and manager Hamza Hamzaoglu agree to part ways

Hamza Hamzaoglu
Galatasaray and manager Hamza Hamzaoglu have mutually agreed to part ways, effective immediately.

ISTANBUL -- Galatasaray say they have parted company with head coach Hamza Hamzaoglu.

Hamzaoglu led the club to the league and cup double last season and started the current campaign by winning the Turkish Super Cup.

"Galatasaray football team and Hamza Hamzaoglu have mutually agreed to terminate his contract. We want to thank our former manager for his services to the club and wish him all the best in the future," a club statement read Wednesday.

Hamzaoglu took over temporarily following Cesare...

Lukas Podolski targets Germany Euro 2016 glory after Galatasaray success

Lukas Podolski wants to achieve success at next year's Euro 2016 with the same preparation as for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

BERLIN -- Lukas Podolski is determined to follow up Germany's World Cup success by winning Euro 2016 after finding form with new club Galatasaray.

Podolski, 30, ended his three-year spell with Arsenal this summer, having spent the second half of the 2014-15 campaign on loan at Inter Milan.

The Germany international was not a regular starter at either the Emirates Stadium or San Siro, scoring just four times in 29 matches for both clubs the season after lifting the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

 By PA Sport

Trabzonspor officials banned after locking referee in changing room

Ibrahim Ethem Haciosmanoglu, president of Trabzonspor, has been banned.

Trabzonspor president Ibrahim Ethem Haciosmanoglu and several members of his board have been given lengthy bans after a referee was locked in his dressing room at their stadium.

The club have also been ordered to play two matches behind closed doors after referee Cagatay Sahan and his officials were locked in overnight.

Haciosmanoglu was angered by Sahan's decision not to award his team a penalty late in last Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Gaziantepspor and ordered both him and his assistants to...