LOSC had a hollow nose. In search of an experienced striker to compensate for the departure of Loïc Rémy last summer, the northern club has set its sights on Burak Yilmaz. A file masterfully managed by Luis Campos, still at the club at the time. The latter had gone to Istanbul to expose the Lille project to the Turk while then trying to convince his club, Besiktas, to let him go one year from the end of his contract. Finally, Luis Campos and the Mastiffs were able to find the right arguments to convince all parties and recruit the 35-year-old footballer.
A recruit who impressed
A winning choice since Burak Yilmaz was one of the centerpieces of the workforce headed by Christophe Galtier this 2020-21 season. After a little adaptation time and four games without scoring, the Turkish international took his marks and chained the goals. Eighteen in total in thirty-three appearances in all competitions. A true surface fox, he was also a formidable passer with five assists in total. He was particularly invaluable in the conquest of the title of champion of France, with 7 goals scored in the last 7 days of Ligue 1 Uber Eats.
Elected L1 player in April, the center forward was logically nominated for the title of best player in the championship during the UNFP Trophies. A title finally won by Kylian Mbappé. But whatever, Yilmaz clearly impressed everyone in France. A country that he could however leave this summer after only a year. Asked about his future at the beginning of May, the main person had confided: “I have a two-year contract. Whether we finish first or second, we will have had a very good year. I still have a year of contract, I’m here ”.
Burak Yilmaz talks about his future
But the situation has changed. Between the departures of Christophe Galtier and several players (Soumaré, Maignan), but also the change of management that took place this season, a departure is not impossible. This is what affirmed The team this week since the Turk has a very good odds in Italy, where Fiorentina and AS Roma follow him. His future could be written there or in France, where he is under contract until 2022 in Lille. Asked about his future at a press conference on Thursday, the player born in 1985 made an update. His words are relayed by Fotomaç.
“I have lived it all in football. I was fired, loaned, transferred at the highest price. Thank goodness I have had a great career. There are offers but I am only thinking of the match against Italy for the moment. I said I wanted to go back to Galatasaray, this did not happen. I said I wanted to stop in Beşiktaş, it didn’t work. I don’t know if I would stay in Lille or if it will be elsewhere. I’m focusing entirely on the European Championship at the moment. There are some great transfer offers to come ”. A media release that does not have enough to reassure Lille and its supporters.