'I have no desire to leave Fenerbahce' – Kjaer plays down Chelsea rumours

The Denmark star has his thoughts firmly fixed on finishing a successful season on a high and wants to repay the club’s passionate fanbase for their support over the last year


Simon Kjaer says that he is happy at Fenerbahce ahead of the club’s Turkish Cup final against Galatasaray.

The Dane has been a central part of the side that finished second in the Super Lig, boasting a division-high clean-sheet tally of 17 in the process, and rumours in the local media had linked him with a potential move to Chelsea.

However, the 27-year-old insists that he is not in a hurry to leave Fener, to whom he moved from Lille last summer.

“I have no desire to leave Fenerbahce this summer and I am definitely not looking actively for another club,” he told Goal.

“I am happy in a huge club like Fenerbahce and I love the passion of our fans. I am also a very passionate person about my football and I see myself in their passion.

“And, of course, Istanbul is a wonderful place to live – with interesting culture, great nature and a fabulous climate, especially when you come from cold Denmark! These are things that my family and I enjoy immensely.”

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Kjaer is looking forward to Thursday’s encounter immensely, citing it as the kind of match that persuaded him to make a transfer worth around €8 million (£6m) a year ago.

“I am looking forward to the cup final so much. This is what I came to Fenerbahce for – to play for trophies and of course to win them,” he continued.

“The cup final means a lot to the club and to me personally. It is our chance as a team to finish this season on a high with a trophy and to finish the season celebrating with our dedicated fans.”

It has been 10 months to remember for the Denmark star.

“I am very pleased with my first year in Fenerbahce,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed playing at a really top club, where we go onto the pitch for every game with only one thought on our mind: to win.

“This kind of pressure is fantastic because it keeps me on my toes and makes me want to take even more responsibility on the pitch. It makes me a better player.”