Ex-Fenerbahce star Johnson urges Asamoah to consider Turkey

Exclusive: Former Ghana international Samuel Johnson reacts to the Yellow-Reds’ interest in the Juventus utility man

Former Ghana and Fenerbahce star Samuel Johnson believes the time is right for Kwadwo Asamoah to leave Juventus, amid reports of an imminent move to Galatasaray.

Following a lengthy injury battle, the former Liberty Professionals man has been restricted to a bit part player in Turin, having made only 36 league appearances in the last three seasons combined.

Goal sources say the 28-year-old, who joined the Old Lady in 2012, has agreed personal terms with the Turkish giants in his search for regular playing time.

“Sometimes it’s good to fight for your position, it’s a manly thing to do,” Johnson, who also played for Gaziantepspor and Kayserispor in the Turkish topflight, told Goal.

“But for how long are you going to fight when you know what is going on there [Juve] is going to affect your form?

“Galatasaray are a big club and they play good football. Sometimes, these clubs are even bigger than the so-called big clubs in Europe but people don’t know much about them because of the comparatively little attention they receive.

“There are already bigger players there [in Turkey] than Asamoah. A lot of players have passed through Turkish football. Previously, there were even players who were playing in the Brazilian national team.

“Our own Stephen Appiah also played there. Let’s not think that the Turkish league is a small league.”

Asamoah has been out of Ghana’s national set-up since 2014 due to his injury situation.

Having now seemingly regained full fitness, media reports say the Accra-born is on the verge of ending his self-imposed sabbatical from the Back Stars.

And Johnson, who represented Ghana at four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, believes a move for regular action, bodes well in the national interest.

“Don’t forget that Asamoah is coming back to the national team, so if he’s there [Juventus] and he’s not playing, it’s going to affect us,” the 44-year-old opined.

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“If he’s going elsewhere to get more game time, it’s good for us.

“I’m happy about the possibility of Asamoah going to Galatasaray or any of the other two big teams [Fenerbahce and Besiktas] in Turkey because they are the best in the country.”

Following a move from Udinese, Asamoah has won the Serie A on five occasions, in addition to three Coppa Italia and three Super Cup titles.