Club chief Ahmet Piper has revealed that the reasons given by the Portuguese attacker for declining offers from Russia and the Middle East were not footballing ones
Director Ahmet Piper has explained that the former Porto and Barcelona player rejected several moves because of the climate at his potential destinations.
A move east to the Russian Premier League was initially dismissed by the 28-year-old as he regarded Russia to be too cold, Piper told Milliyet.
"Offers came after Russia, this time from Qatar and Dubai, but these proposals were rejected because the countries are too hot," Piper added.
Piper has said that further talks with between the Super Lig club and the player will aim to reach a conclusion where "all parties benefit".