Mon, 04 Jun 2012 21:55:01 GMT | By ANI

Dirk Kuyt signs 3-yr-deal with Turkish giants Fenerbahce

London: Dutch footballer Dirk Kuyt has signed a three-year deal with Turkish football giants Fenerbahce, to leave Liverpool.

Dirk Kuyt signs 3-yr-deal with Turkish giants Fenerbahce

The Dutch forward moved to Anfield from Feyenoord in 2006 and made 207 appearances for the Reds.

Kuyt's decision, which comes just days after Brendan Rodgers was named the new Liverpool boss, follows a discouraging final year at the Merseyside club, when he was kept only as a substitute for both Liverpool''s cup finals.

"The appointment of the new coach has nothing to do with it. When Fenerbahce came to me and made their ambitions known, from the first moment I was sold. They give me the confidence that I lost," The Sun quoted Kuyt, as saying.

Kuyt, 31, had been widely expected to leave Merseyside this summer with just a year to run on his Anfield contract and was linked with Hamburg, with a return to Feyenoord. However, has opted for a move to Istanbul instead, where he will play Champions League football next season.

Kuyt leaves Liverpool having won just one trophy in six seasons on Merseyside, the Carling Cup last season, when he scored in the penalty shootout win over Cardiff.

A statement issued by Liverpool on Kuyt's departure said, "Dirk Kuyt has advised the club that he has today reached an agreement with Fenerbahce SK over a move to Turkey."

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