ESPN FC, Thursday, January 30, 2014 2:17 PM
on Thursday officially joined Turkish SuperLig club Besiktas from German club Schalke, which in early January told the USA midfielder that he could search for a new
club during the transfer window, which ends on Friday. Jones has joined the Istanbul club on a short-term deal until the end of the season, with the option of extending his deal until 2016.
According to ESPN, the German-American, who used to earn 4 million euros ($5.4 million) per year at Schalke, is taking a hefty pay-cut to join Besiktas, earning 700,000 euros ($950,000) until the
summer, and then 1.8 million euros ($2.4 million) per year if the club picks up the option to keep him, plus a bonus of 10,000 euros ($13,600) for every game played.
"Tomorrow is a big
day for me, and I hope everything goes well," Jones told Besiktas TV on Wednesday. In a message on Instagram on Thursday, Jones bid farewell to Schalke’s fans. “Thank you for those
wonderful year on Schalke, the fans will always remain in my heart. Something new begins,” he wrote.
Besiktas is currently fifth in the Turkish league, which is outside of the
European places. It is currently banned from the Europa League, which it qualified for last season, due to a game-fixing case dating back to the 2010-2011 season.
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