New Fenerbahce signing Moussa Sow: It was Lille's decision to sell me - I didn't want to leave

The Senegal forward has moved to the Turkish giants on a four-and-a-half-year deal, but has stated that he had reservations about the transfer and was keen to stay in France
Moussa Sow has revealed that he did not want to leave Lille to join Fenerbahce and declared that it was the French club's decision to sell him.

The Senegal international has signed for the Turkish giants on a four-and-a-half-year deal for a fee believed to be around €10 million.

The African marksman’s move came as a slight surprise and the 26-year-old has admitted that he was reluctant to leave the French champions.

"It was not me (who initiated the transfer), it was the club," he told L'Equipe.

"There had already been contact with Fenerbahce last summer, but I wanted to continue with Lille. Before the agreement, in my head, I could not see myself leaving.

"I was surprised and disappointed. I know football is like that, but I was not expecting it. Many people do not understand and I think the fans are wondering why I have gone, knowing that the club has ambitions and I could still help them.

"I want them to know that I did not want to leave. It's true that I could have stayed, though. But it would not be good, knowing that the club had not cared about me. I got this in my heart and head," he stated.

Sow's expiring contract with Rudi Garcia's men may well have been a reason for the sale and the forward is hurt by accusations that he is motivated by money.

"When you read that I am supposedly greedy, it hurts," he objected.

The 26-year-old spent 18 months at the Stade Lille-Metropole, having joined from Rennes in June 2010.