Dutch International striker Dirk Kuyt has announced that he will be playing for Fenerbache in Turkey next season, leaving Liverpool after a six-year run.
Though many have speculated, Kuyt insists that the change is not due to any conflict with Brendan Rodgers, who was appointed manager of Liverpool last week, despite the fact that the striker had one more year on his contract with the Reds.
After six years I am ready for a new challenge, Kuyt said on the website of his management, www.sport-promotion.nl. The club and its supporters I will always carry in my heart. The appointment of the new coach has nothing to do with it. But when Fenerbache came to me and made their ambitions known, from the first moment I was sold. They give me the confidence that I lost.
Kuyt was widely expected to leave Merseyside after a disappointing campaign last season. He had trouble getting onto the field and was held to just two goals in the League.
Kuyt won just one trophy in his six years at Liverpool, the League Cup this past season.
It is believed that Kuyt made the move to Turkey in order to have a chance to play in the Champions League this year. Fenerbache is in the qualifying rounds after placing second in the Turkish league this year.
It's a very happy and proud moment. I am very happy to be part of such a big club, Kuyt said on the Fenerbache website.