“It was a learning point” – Aziz Behich opens up on frustrating...

“It was a learning point” – Aziz Behich opens up on frustrating PSV Eindhoven spell


Aziz Behich says he defines his sole season at PSV Eindhoven as a “learning point” having found a move away from the Philips Stadion late last week.

Twenty-eight-year-old Behich signed a four-year deal with the Dutch giants on 31 August last year, but struggled to break into the first team and made just four senior appearances.

Behich was one of two Australian signings made by former Socceroos assistant turned PSV manager Mark van Bommel alongside Trent Sainsbury, who also struggled for game time but remains at the club.

But Behich found his way out of Holland and returned to Turkey, where he made his name in Europe with Bursaspor.

The left-back inked a three-year contract with Istanbul Basaksehir, who finished second in the recently-concluded Turkish Super Lig.

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Basaksehir boast plenty of big names in their squad, including Gael Clichy, Robinho, Emmanuel Adebayor, Eljero Elia, Demba Ba and Gokhan Inler.

Behich was one of the more senior Socceroos called into Graham Arnold’s camp to face South Korea in June. The likes of Sainsbury, Maty Ryan, Aaron Mooy and Massimo Luongo were afforded a rest period.

Behich said he will enter the camp excited on the back of his club move.

“Club football didn’t go to plan for me this season – the move to PSV – it was a learning point in my career, but back to Turkey now so I’m really looking forward to that,” he said.

In finishing second in the league, Basaksehir secured a place in next season’s Champions League qualifiers, a prospect Behich was also excited about.

None of his appearances with PSV came in the Champions League, where they faced FC Barcelona, Inter Milan and Tottenham.

“I was in talks with this club for a while now, they wanted me back in January but I couldn’t (move) because of some FIFA rules, playing for two clubs this season already,” Behich added.

“I couldn’t be on the move then, it would have been great to get my club football up and running, but it wasn’t to be.

“It’s a great club. They’ve been successful in the last three, four, five years. They’ve always been up there in the top four and this season they battled for the title with Galatasaray.

“They just missed out, but we’ve got some Champions League qualifiers now and I’m looking forward to kick-starting my career again.”