Hannover sign defender Baris Basdas

Hannover 96 confirmed their latest signing on Monday, with Baris Basdas joining from Turkish side Fatih Karagümrük.

The Cologne-born central defender has spent the majority of his career in Turkey, including at Kasimpasa, Kardemir Karabükspor and Alanyaspor, before arriving at Istanbul side Karagümrük from Genclerbirligi Ankara last year.

He appeared 21 times for them in the second-tier 1.Lig, and helped them, as captain, to a play-off victory to secure promotion to the Süper Lig.

He has 144 appearances in the Turkish top flight, but will be spending next year in the 2. Bundesliga, having signed a one-year contract with Hannover.

Hannover coach Kenan Kocak describes the 30-year-old as “an experienced, variable player” who can play right across the defence. Kocak was pleased they could convince him to join despite Karagümrük’s promotion.

“Hannover 96 is a traditional club with very good fans,” says Basdas, who added it was “an honour” to play for the club. He also said that Artur Sobiech, who had been a teammate in Turkey, had reported “very good things” about the club to him.

He is the club’s sixth signing of the summer, following Franck Evina, Valmir Sulejmani, Mike Frantz, Michael Esser and Kingsley Schindler, and will compete with the likes of Marcel Franke and Timo Hübers for a place in the back four, if not required as a full-back, where they are still severely lacking at present.

Header image source: Hannover 96.

Published by jamesrees1989

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