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Behich eager to take on likes of Kuyt, Meireles, Baroni with Bursaspor

Aziz Behich says he keen to push into the first team at Bursaspor so he can test himself against top quality players.

The 22-year old Australian left-back arrived at the Turkish club from Melbourne Heart in January and despite only making two appearances thus far, is prepared to bide his time in order to become a consistent contributor.

One of Behich's appearances was against Fenerbahce, where he got to see firsthand the qualities of former Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt, ex-Reds and Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles and Brazilian midfielder Cristian Baroni and he admits he wants more of that type of action.

"I have time on my side and I have to be patient and learn as much as I can and hopefully make a strong run at the first team next season," Behich told SBS.

"If was always going to be a learning curve here, getting used to the pace of the game, the culture, the league and getting to know my teammates.

"It's a step up from the A-League for sure. It's tougher and quicker and the quality of players is outstanding. I am also at a club pushing for the Champions League and the competition for places is hot.

"When I played against Fenerbahce (a 4-1 loss in March) I was up against the likes of Raul Meireles, Dirk Kuyt and Cristian Baroni - world class players."

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