Ozsoy confirms Slimani exit talks
Fenerbahce vice president Semih Ozsoy says on-loan Leicester striker Islam Slimani was keen on leaving the club in January.
Algeria international Slimani struggled to make an impact when arriving at the King Power Stadium in the summer of 2016 and he was farmed out to Fenerbahce on a season-long loan for this campaign.
However, the temporary switch to Turkey has failed to kick-start the 30-year-old's career - with just one goal from 14 league appearances - and he was eager to leave the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in January.
Ozsoy has revealed the striker wanted to join Real Betis on loan for the remainder of the season but the club ended up making the decision to keep Slimani until the end of his loan deal.
"Slimani wanted to leave," he was quoted as saying by sportwitness.co.uk. "We held talks with Betis. After we considered, we decided for him to stay until the end of the season.
"If he left the club then we needed to buy a striker, but he will be with us."
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