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Kuyt departs Liverpool for Fenerbahce

SoccerNews in English Premier League 3 Jun 2012

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Dirk Kuyt has joined Turkish powerhouses Fenerbahce from Liverpool on a three-year deal.

The versatile attacker has signed with the Istanbul club on a transfer for an undisclosed fee.

The Netherlands international had long been linked with a move away from Anfield, and has now opted to continue his career at Fenerbahce after previously turning down Feyenoord.

“Fenerbahce are a great club to continue my career. They only just missed out on the league title this season. They did qualify for the Champions League qualifiers, though,” Kuyt told the official Sport-Promotion website.

“I needed a new challenge after six years with Liverpool. This has nothing to do with the club and the fans. They will forever have a place in my heart.”

The 31-year-old Kuyt started his professional career with Utrecht and also wore the Feyenoord jersey before joining Liverpool in the summer of 2006.

He had since made 200 Premier League appearances for the Reds, scoring 51 goals in the process.

A Liverpool statement read: “Liverpool Football Club can confirm that Dirk Kuyt has advised the club that he has today reached an agreement with Fenerbahce SK over a move to Turkey, and the transfer is expected to be completed in the next few days.

“Everyone at Liverpool Football Club would like to wish Dirk all the very best for the future and thank him for his contribution to the club.”

Kuyt was also a member of the Netherlands side who were runners-up at the 2010 World Cup.

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