Yakin defends German switch

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Former Basel midfielder Hakan Yakin has denied that he had given Fenerbahce his word he would move to Turkey before sealing a ‚é¼3 million move to Stuttgart.

The Turkish side had felt aggrieved that Yakin moved to the German side claiming that he had already agreed to join them.

"There's nothing wrong with my transfer. Neither did I sign a pre-contract in Istanbul nor did we reach verbal agreement," declared the Swiss international midfielder with regard to comments made by Fenerbahce coach Christoph Daum.

Daum had questioned Yakin's switch to the Bundesliga as he felt the player had already agreed to come to Istanbul.

"Until half way through last week we took it for granted that Hakan would join us.

"We had reached agreement with him as well as with his club about a transfer fee of 3.5 million Swiss francs," declared the former Stuttgart and Leverkusen coach, who left Germany after being found guilty of consuming cocaine.

It remains to be seen if Fenerbahce will now appeal to Fifa to have the transfer cancelled.

"I don't know what my club decides to do, but it might well be that the last word about the Yakin transfer is yet to come," Daum added.