Skrtel: Fenerbahce is a giant club

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Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel was greeted by a number of fans as he arrived in Istanbul on Wednesday to put the finishing touches on a move to Fenerbahce.

The 31-year-old Slovakia international, who has been at the Merseyside club for eight seasons, is expected to complete a £5m transfer to the Turkish giants in the coming days.

Skrtel did not expect so many fans welcoming him to his new club, especially since he has not signed anything yet.

He said: "I'm happy to be here. I did not expect this kind of welcome. I talked to Miroslav Stoch (his Slovakian team-mate) and he said all good things about the city and the club.

"Liverpool is a giant club but Fenerbahce is very stable and has rapidly progressed since the beginning. Fenerbahce is a giant club so I am delighted to accept their offer.

"I came here today to finalise the last details so hopefully we can complete everything and I can be pictured as a Fenerbahce player."