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Freddy Adu not returning to Turkey
Washington Post Soccer Insider, June 30th, 2011 12:07PM

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Almost forgotten for two years, Freddy Adu reintroduced himself to American soccer with a pair of impressive efforts in the late stages of the Gold Cup. As the 2014 World Cup cycle begins, the 22-year-old is back in the roster mix and seems certain to receive additional call-ups leading to the start of qualifying next summer. Steven Goff checked in with Adu's Los Angeles-based agent, Richard Motzkin, on Adu's plans the coming club season.

Adu has a year remaining on his contract with Portuguese club Benfica, which, in recent years, loaned him to clubs in France, Portugal, Greece and Turkey.

“Freddy’s plans have always been to return to Benfica for preseason training [in mid-July], although there are teams that have expressed interest in him,” Motzkin told Goff. “We’ll see how the next few weeks play out.”

Motzkin declined to identify the interested parties and wouldn’t speculate about Adu’s chances of sticking with Benfica this season, although another loan seems likely. It’s clear, however, he won’t return to Rizespor, the Turkish second-division club that missed out on promotion. (Had the team moved into the top flight, he might’ve stayed.)

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  1. Bill Anderson
    commented on: June 30, 2011 at 12:33 p.m.
    Freddy was impressive in his limited minutes at the Gold Cup. He was also impressive in the U-21 World Cup. I hope he can turn his national team success into a chance to play full-time in Europe. Turkey was a blessing for Adu. I hope a move to the Eredivisie is in his future, a league that always benefits young attacking players.

  1. Joseph Bauer
    commented on: July 3, 2011 at 10:03 p.m.
    Freddy has the tools to be an effective player wherever he plays once he decides to play better defense and team oriented attack. His individual skills and pace have never been in question; however, how many times have we seen him run into himself into 3 players who easily strip him of the ball and reverse the play? I truly believe he should've gone into one of the Italian or Barca youth academies instead of going "pro" in the MLS at 15. Lord only knows where his game--and our team--would be had he invested the time and sweat to learn the game skills that have brought the Italians so many World Cups.


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