Serdar Aziz (photo: Bursafan.net)

John Toshack contacted Serdar Aziz

Serdar Aziz (photo: Bursafan.net)Manager John Toshack recently approached Bursaspor defender Serdar Aziz about playing for Macedonia, according to Turkish newspaper Hürriyet.

MacedonianFootball.com recently reported that Serdar Aziz is yet another player who has Macedonian origins and is thus eligible to play for Macedonia.  Serdar Aziz’s father was originally born in Bitola and since the player has still not been capped by the senior national team of Turkey, he is also eligible to represent Macedonia.  Turkish media reported yesterday that Toshack recently contacted Aziz about representing Macedonia in the future.  Apparently, John Toshack promised suggesting the player to big clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona if he chooses Macedonia.  Keep in mind that Toshack currently lives in Barcelona and used to be the manager of Real Madrid so he still has connections with both Spanish giants.  Toshack has also managed in Turkey with Beşiktaş for two years during his long coaching career.

Serdar Aziz told Turkish media that he was confused with the offer since he did not see it coming.  “My father was born in Bitola, but I am Turkish.  It is true that I have not made an appearance with the senior national team of Turkey yet but I have passed through all of the youth national teams.  I want to play for Turkey but I remember that Elvir Baljić managed to make a transfer from Fenerbahçe to Real Madrid, while Geremi Njitap also moved to Real Madrid from Gençlerbirliği.  It is almost impossible to answer to such a proposal immediately.  I will need some time to made a decision.”

The 21-year-old Serdar Aziz is a central defender who is highly regarded in Turkey.  Turkish media noted that they did not manage to convince current German international Mesut Özil to play for Turkey and must not let that happen to Aziz by losing him to Macedonia.  Serdar Aziz has made a total of 65 caps for the youth teams of Turkey but has still not been called up by the senior national team.

Macedonia does have some depth at the center back position but Aziz would certainly be a solid addition to the squad and provide a boost to other players who are of Macedonian origin such as Alex Kacaniklic, Izet Hajrović, Aleksandar Ignjovski, Marko Markovski, etc.

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