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Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Kjaer transfer collapses

Stephan Ueberzahl, Germany correspondent

VfL Wolfsburg defender Simon Kjaer will be staying put in Germany after his proposed transfer to Galatasaray fell through late on Monday, with the Turkish champions opting for Lyon's Cris instead.

Galatasaray had been looking for a replacement for Czech defender Tomas Ujfalsui, who tore his cruciate ligaments, with Kjaer, 23, being one of the favourites amongst the likes of Cristian Chivu, Rolando and Kolo Toure.

However when Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim had to name his Champions League squad, the Denmark international was not included, while Cris, 35, was. Terim revealed the decision was down to Kjaer's lack of top-level experience.

"I need players with Champions League experience," Terim said. "And Simon Kjaer has not played on that level."

Currently preparing with Denmark's national team for their Group B qualifier against Czech Republic, Kjaer had earlier said: "Galatasaray are an incredible, thrilling club, which plays in the Champions League and won the Turkish league last season. The idea of playing for them sounds exciting."

Yet after the transfer fell through, he backtracked on his statement. "It is not important to move on to another club now," he told Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung.

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