Newly-appointed Fenerbahce coach Luis Aragones wasted no time in trying to lure one of the key members of Spain’s Euro 2008-winning squad to Turkey. Sadly, the plan has not worked as the player declared his love for native Spain.
Valencia midfielder Marcos Senna, who starred so brilliantly for Spain this summer, was subject to a bid from his former national team manager. However, Brazilian-born Senna rejected the chance to move to Turkey, instead staying at Estadio El Madrigal, in spite of a reported deal of up to €3.5 million (£2.75 million) a year.
The 32-year-old, who had been linked with Manchester United, told Spanish newspaper Marca:
Luis is a great man and an admirer of Brazilian football.
I have spent six years in Spain and I feel very loved at Villarreal. At the moment I hope to win the Champions League with Villarreal, it’s my dream.