News ID: 323138
Published: 1235 GMT July 27, 2022

Taremi remains dedicated to Porto future, reverses exit claim

Taremi remains dedicated to Porto future, reverses exit claim
REUTERS

Sports Desk

Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi said he would stay committed to Portuguese giant FC Porto, insisting he plays with his “heart and soul” for the Primeira Liga champion.

The Iranian made the remarks late on Tuesday, after numerous Portuguese newspapers, including Record and O Jogo – citing Taremi’s interview on Iranian website Football360 – had revealed his “desire to play in the English Premier League one day.”

Asked by renowned journalist Adel Ferdosipour if he fancies a future outside the Portuguese league, Taremi said: “Tat’s up to the club. I should take club’s priorities into account before making any decision.” “I would have sold a 30-year-old if I were the club chairman… I don’t really have much to offer in the coming years. Porto can develop young talents and sell them for a hefty price in the future but the situation will not apply to me in two years or so,” added the Iranian, who left Rio Ave for Porto in 2020.

However, Taremi was quick to respond to the reports on Twitter, saying: “I am, and will always be, fully focused on delivering my best for FC Porto.

“I love this city and its people, who have always treated me well since I arrived here… I'm happy here, and nothing that may come out in the media will affect my relationship with the fans, the club and its entire structure,” added the international striker.

Taremi scored 20 goals in 32 league appearances, while providing 13 assists for his teammates, to play an integral part to Porto’s title-winning campaign last season.

This was the best season yet in the European football for Taremi, who also bagged a brace in a 3-1 victory over Tondela in the Taça de Portugal final in May as Porto completed a domestic league and cup double.

Rumors have suggested that Taremi is on the radar of Serie A champion Milan.

Some high-profile players – namely Manchester United’s Brazilian fullback Alex Telles, Sevilla’s Jesús Manuel Corona, Colombian Luis Diaz, who joined Liverpool in January, and new PSG signing Vitinha – left Porto in recent years in pursuit of a new chapter in their careers and more lucrative contracts.

 

   
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