Calhanoglu played only 15 times in the Bundesliga last season before his four-month suspension.It’s a day Hakan Calhanoglu and Bayer Leverkusen fans around the world have had marked on the calendars for months now – and today it finally arrived. The Leverkusen midfielder’s four-month suspension from football is over.
Calhanoglu’s suspension related to a contract dispute with Turkish club Tranzonspor in 2011, which the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled amounted to a breach of contract.
The 23-year-old’s ban from all football began on 2 February 2017, meaning the midfielder missed the final 16 matches of Leverkusen’s Bundesliga campaign, plus the UEFA Champions League last-16 ties against Atletico Madrid.
Calhanoglu had been in hot form for Die Werkself before his enforced absence, scoring six goals and assisting five in his 15 Bundesliga appearances in 2016/17. He has continued to train with the Leverkusen first team throughout his time on the sidelines in a bid to keep up his fitness.
Whilst Calhanoglu is now officially available to play again, he has not been called up to Turkey’s latest squad for their friendly against Macedonia and World Cup qualifier against Kosovo due to a lack of match practice.
Pogba jokes around in Manchester United training after ban
Wolfsburg fire head coach Andries Jonker
Andries Jonker became the first Bundesliga head coach to be sacked this season when Wolfsburg relieved him of his duties on Monday after taking four points from as many games.
The 54-year-old Dutchman only took charge in February, when he quit as boss of Arsenal’s youth academy, and managed to keep
Wolfsburg up last season, but Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at VfB Stuttgart proved to be the last straw.
Jonker’s entire backroom staff, including assistant coach and Arsenal legend Fredrik Ljungberg, have also been fired.
The new coach, who both magazine Kicker and Sky Sports News claim will be ex-Mainz coach Martin Schmidt, is expected to take his first session on Monday afternoon ahead of Tuesday’s Bundesliga match at home to Werder Bremen.
Then follows a tough away match at Bayern Munich on Friday.
“We have two difficult games ahead of us this week, but we didn’t want to implement a caretaker solution, rather install a new head-coach with immediate effect,” explained director of sport Olaf Rebbe.
A statement by Wolfsburg’s supervisory board said they felt the team’s development had stagnated.
“Decisive for us in taking this step was not just the impression made upon us during the game against Stuttgart, but rather based upon the perception of stagnated development amongst the team, which was to a great extent newly formed during the summer,” said Wolfsburg’s board.
“We expressly wish to thank Andries Jonker and his coaching staff, for rescuing VfL’s position in the top-flight at the last minute at the end of last season.”
Gerard Pique extends Barcelona contract until 2022
FIFA ranking: Super Eagles retain 51st place in January
Wenger reacts to Manchester United offer of £500,000 weekly to Alexis Sanchez
FA Cup: What Eden Hazard said after Chelsea win against Norwich
FA Cup: Conte blasts VAR after Chelsea beat Norwich via penalties
NPFL Match Day 2: Plateau United beat Rivers United, Tornadoes go top
Ligue 1: Neymar makes history in win over Dijon
Ligue 1: Neymar booed by PSG supporters after another clash with Cavani
Gernot Rohr deserves new contract after great work – NFF
Alexis Sanchez agrees Manchester United deal to make him best-paid Premier League star
Anthony Joshua hits out at Joseph Parker camp over fake news
EPL: Stoke City appoints Lambert as new manger
Transfer news: Mourinho gives update on Alexis Sanchez’s deal after Stoke game
Transfer news: Manchester United sign Puigmal, Super Eagles’ Odion Ighalo set for EPL return
Transfer news: Villarreal striker, Bakambu breaks African record
EPL: Guardiola beats Mourinho, Conte, Ferguson to set new record
Champions League: Sevilla, Manchester United on warpath
Ronaldo set to dump Madrid for PSG
Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker: War of words heats up after AJ vow
Wenger speaks on Arsenal battle for Champions League spot
- Article2 years ago
Portugal 1 Iceland 1: Bjarnason into the record books as Ronaldo misses chance at history
- Arsenal2 years ago
Pires backs Vardy to be a success at Arsenal
- Barcelona2 years ago
Suarez confident Messi will return for Argentina
- Spain2 years ago
De Gea thanks his critics for motivating him
- Barcelona2 years ago
Messi: Neymar is an amazing person
- World Cup2 years ago
Blatter reveals Messi frustration after World Cup
- Article2 years ago
Messi: Now is not a time to give nothing
- Primera Division2 years ago
Atletico Madrid president confirms Vrsaljko move