Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius says he has “terminated” his two-year loan deal at the Turkish side of Besiktas. The 26-year-old had been in his second year of spell in Istanbul and made 30 appearances until the season was halted by the coronavirus.
Karius said in an Instagram post on Monday in the midst of the legal action that he had been in talks with Besiktas ownership for months to try to settle the problem, and that he was sorry to leave behind his teammates and supporters in Istanbul.
Karius said on Instagram that it was a “shame it’s come to an end like this.”
The German added: “I’ve been very cautious for months, telling the board again and again. Last year, the same issues have already occurred. Unfortunately they haven’t tried to solve this situational problem and even refused my suggestion to help by taking a pay cut.”
“It’s important to me that you know I really enjoyed playing for this club a lot. Besiktas can be proud of having such passionate fans behind them always giving amazing support.”
The German confirmed Besiktas to FIFA for a second time for unpaid wages last month, although an agreement between the two sides was apparently close to being found without Fifa’s interference.
The deal included canceling Karius’ contract, with Besiktas owing him £400,000 in unpaid wages. Karius said Besiktas had “refused even my offer of helping with a pay cut.”It is important to me that you know I really enjoyed playing with this club a lot.
Besiktas should still be proud of having such loyal supporters behind them, giving them tremendous support at all times.
“You have supported me in good and bad days, and I will always look at you in the best way.” “I would also like to thank all my team-mates, coaching staff and all those who work with the club for that. You have welcomed me with wide-open arms from the very first day.