Crystal Palace striker Cenk Tosun, who joined the club this month on a loan deal from Everton, has spoken to Turkish channel S-Sport and explained why he decided to join the Eagles instead of other options he had available.

Tosun was strongly linked with a return to Turkey, with his former club Besiktas and their arch rivals Fenerbahce said to be interested in him.

In addition, Bundesliga clubs were also linked with a move for the 28 year old, but Tosun said he wanted to stay in England and that’s why he joined the south London club: “The Premier League is the best league in the world I didn’t want to leave. I decided to join Palace because I felt I was wanted here. They were interested in me when I was at Besiktas.

“Our sporting director Dougie Freedman worked extremely hard to get me; I can’t thank him enough. Our manager Roy Hodgson has been brilliant for me since I came in. He’s motivating me a lot before the games. So far, everything good. I hope that will continue.”

Due to his struggles with Everton this season, Tosun was loaned to Crystal Palace at the start of this transfer window. He rarely figured for the Toffees under three different managers and with Euro 2020 just around the corner he took the decision to head to Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace reportedly have the option to buy him for €20m at the end of his loan spell.