Simon Kjaer explains why he chose move to Fenerbahce

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Kjaer was linked with a move to West Ham, Southampton and Liverpool.

Kjaer was a key transfer target for a selection of Premier League clubs this summer, but he has told Goal why he opted to move to Fenerbahce instead.

The Danish central defender said: “It’s a step up for me. Fenerbahce is a gigantic club and more than anything I want to help winning the championships that the club and the fans deserve. I am here to win titles and I can't wait to get started. I want to help Fener get into the Champions League.”

The 26-year-old moved to the Turkish club after two years with Lille in France, where he established himself as an impressive defender. A full Danish international, he has 50 caps to his name, and is well regarded for his ability in one-on-one duels and in the air.

His performances in France had earned him impressive plaudits during the 2014/15 campaign, and Kjaer was linked with making a move to the Premier League this summer.

L’Equipe claimed that both Southampton and West Ham were preparing offers for him just last week - when it became clear he would be leaving Lille - whilst the Mirror had reported on interest from Liverpool, with Kjaer said to be a fan of the Merseyside club.

However, he opted to switch France for Turkey, playing for a club that will always be fighting at the top of their division. Fener are one of the three big clubs in Turkey, and with a player of Kjaer’s quality in their ranks, they should get back to challenging Galatasaray and Besiktas at the top of the table.

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