Sep 6, 2013, 7:19 PM EST
There were rumors linking Frei to just about every major Turkish club, including Bursaspor and Galatasaray, but ultimately Besiktas won out with a fee of approximately £2.5 million ($3.9 million).
After impressing many during an appearance against Chelsea last April, Frei fell down the pecking order mainly due to injuries, and ultimately found himself behind Alexander Kacaniklic and Adel Taarabt on the left wing.
The last straw seemed to be Frei’s loan move to then-Championship side Cardiff City last October. The loan move backfired, as he spent a month on the bench before Martin Jol recalled him, deciding it was more worthwhile for him to play for the reserves and U-21 sides rather than rot on the bench in the Championship.
Frei has established himself as a regular on the Turkish U-21 national team, scoring his first goal for them Thursday against Malta in Euro qualification. The youngster has considerable pace and creative ability, but is far too reliant on his left foot, and therefore still needs to develop a more balanced arsenal of attacking abilities.
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