WANTAWAY defender Joseph Yobo believes joining Fenerbahce has been the making of his club career – as he declared the Turkish division superior to the Premier League.
The Nigerian centre-half has once again stated that a permanent move from Everton to the Istanbul side will be completed “soon” with the clubs said to be thrashing out a transfer fee.
Yobo has two years remaining on his contract at Goodison Park and the Blues are willing to recall him in time for pre-season training because Fenerbahce are yet to match their valuation of the 31-year-old.
Fenerbahche have qualified for next season’s Champions League and Yobo is keen to remain with them for the new campaign but Everton have not received a bid which satisfies them.
Nevertheless, Yobo remains confident his future will be resolved swiftly.
“Moving to Fenerbahce was the best thing in my career,” said Yobo.
“I joined them because I was eager to win silverware. The 2011 Super Lig title and the Turkish Cup justified that. I hope my permanent move to Fenerbahce is concluded soon.
“The Turkish league is more technical than the Premier League. The Premier League is more physical and most popular in the world, but after playing for seven years in England, I think the Turkish league is of a better quality.”
Everton captain Phil Neville, meanwhile, says he is working hard on persuading Landon Donovan to return to Merseyside for a third time with the club.
Neville believes the LA Galaxy player has had a revitalising impact on the Blues in both of his loan spells.
“If there is a chance, I make sure that I try (to tempt him to Everton) every time I speak to him,” said Neville.
“That’s the first thing I say to him. Towards the end of his spell back in January I even tried to kidnap him for a while and keep him in England!
“I’m telling the truth here when I say the last two times he’s been over he’s totally transformed our season.
“He’s the ultimate professional, he’s got great quality, and the Everton fans love him. He’s a hero at Goodison Park, and he’s played less than 20 games for us. I’ve played with some world-class right-sided players in my time, and he’s up there with them.”