Veli Kavlak makes heartfelt comments on Bilic, discusses possible West Ham reunion

Slaven Bilic

Veli Kavlak says West Ham boss Slaven Bilic was like a father to him.

Besiktas midfielder Veli Kavlak has told Radikal in Turkey that West Ham boss Slaven Bilic was like a father to him, but doesn't think he will join him at Upton Park.

Kavlak, 27, joined Besiktas from Rapid Wien in his native Austria, and has gone on to rack up almost 150 appearances for Besiktas, scoring eight goals.

This term has been an injury-hit one for the Austrian international midfielder, and it's been tough for him ever since Slaven Bilic left the club for West Ham.

Croatian boss Bilic brought his two-year spell as Besiktas boss to an end last summer, leaving Turkey to return to West Ham as manager, having played for the club during the 1990's.

So far, Bilic has enjoyed a superb debut season at West Ham, but it's clear that he's still missed by some players at the Vodafone Arena.

Midfielder Kavlak has told Radikal that he loved working under Bilic at Besiktas, saying he was like a father to him, and was a great teacher for him in Turkey.

Kavlak followed that up by saying that he doesn't see himself reuniting with Bilic at West Ham, because he signed a new contract at Besiktas recently. 

"For me, he was like my father," said Kavlak. "He always supported and gave me the necessary freedom. A great teacher and a great character. I count myself lucky to have had the opportunity to work with him. But I do not think of going to West Ham now. I signed a new four-year deal with Besiktas," he added.

Should Bilic pursue a reunion with Kavlak?

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