Agent reveals he told £3.8m flop Newcastle United move 'was a mistake'

Emre Belezoglu's agent has revealed he told hs client that moving to Newcastle United would be a mistake.

In July 2005 Newastle United looked to have completed an excellent move in the signature of Turkish international Emre Belezoglu from Inter Milan.

The injury prone midfielder was snapped up for just £3.8 million after falling down the pecking order in Italy, where he was named Inter player of the year in 2003.

So Newcastle fans were right to be excited by his arrival.

But his time on Tyneside was never positive. He was criticised at times for his weight and his attitude on the pitch. Then there were the injuries to consider - he was restricted to just 19 appearances in his final season at the club and just 58 Premier League appearances over three seasons at St James Park.

Add to that the three times he was accused of racially abusing an opponent during his time in England and he was simply a flop for the club.

Now his agent Ahmet Bulut has revealed that he told Emre at the time of the move that Newcastle was not the right transfer.

Speaking to Haber Vitrini, Bulut stated:

"Emre was transferred to Inter at a very young age and had a five-year contract. They indicated he would not play play a lot in his first year from the beginning. After entering the team he subsequently played 20 matches. In his second year he emerged in the first team 11.

"Eventually Emre asked to leave Inter. He decided he wanted to leave Inter Milan for Newcastle United after a meeting. I told him that at the time, this transfer was a mistake. But he wanted to stay in Europe. After that he chose to join Fenerbahce..."

Not many would argue that Emre's move to Newcastle was not a mistake - for the club and the player.

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