Trabzonspor have secured the signing of Brazilian midfielder Marcelinho from Hertha BSC Berlin in Germany, with the 31-year-old raring to go in Turkey.
The 31-year-old sought advice from Hertha midfielder Yıldıray Baştürk about Trabzon and Turkish life but there was no doubt in his mind once he travelled to the Black Sea city. “Ever since I came to Turkey, fans and the media have showed a huge interest in me,” Marcelinho said at his unveiling. “I want to meet my team-mates as soon as possible and start training.” He has agreed a three-year contract with Hertha receiving an undisclosed fee.
Trabzonspor treasurer Emin Kahraman said: “Two months ago we opened primary talks with Hertha. A fortnight ago, discussions were reopened and this time they bore fruit. We are really proud to bring such a player in his calibre to Turkish football.” Marcelinho, capped five times by his country, spent five seasons in the German capital. He made 155 league appearances, scoring 65 goals. Trabzonspor will face Cypriot side APOEL FC on 10 and 24 August for the right to enter the UEFA Cup first round.