Jeremain Lens has defended himself over his controversial loan move from Sunderland to Besiktas in the last window.

Lens was linked with a return to Fenerbahce after his loan spell with the club last season, but instead joined their local rivals Besiktas.

Speaking to Hurriyet, Lens was asked about his move from Sunderland in the summer, and why he took the decision to sign for Besiktas: “I was still with Sunderland when playing for Fenerbahce last season, so I was playing there on loan. I came to Besiktas not from Fenerbahce, but from Sunderland. People shouldn’t ignore that.”

Lens spent last season on loan at Fenerbahce from Sunderland, where he impressed, scoring 5 goals, and providing 16 assists for the Yellow Canaries. This led to interest from other Turkish clubs, and ultimately Besiktas signed the Netherlands international.

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Despite a decent preseason for Sunderland it seemed apparent the 29 year old wasn’t in the plans of Simon Grayson, and a return to Turkey always looked to be on the cards.

It’s unlikely the Sunderland fans are missing the Dutchman following negative comments he made about the Championship side whilst at Fenerbahce.