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Exclusive: After Inter Milan glory Istanbul BB coach Okan 'really wants' Serie A chance

Inter Milan legend Okan Buruk has stated his desire to one day manage in Italy.

A tenacious midfielder in his playing days, Buruk became a living legend at Galatasaray for ten years in the 1990s before joining Inter in 2001.

He spent three years at the San Siro before returning to his homeland with Besiktas.

Slowly but surely, Buruk has worked his way through the coaching ranks in Turkey, managing the likes of Sivasspor and Goztepe before landing the manager's job at Istanbul Basaksehir last year.

In a remarkable achievement, Buruk has led Basaksehir to the top of the Turkish Super Lig, two points ahead of Trabzonspor, with games set to resume this weekend following the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

Basaksehir are also in the Europa League last-16 and hold a 1-0 advantage over FC Copenhagen after the first leg.

So much success will certainly have clubs watching Buruk, and the 46-year-old says he would be open to a return to Europe, and especially Serie A.

"As you know, I've played for Inter and so I speak fluently English and Italian," Buruk told Tribalfootball.com.

"For the future, of course I want to be a coach in Europe and Italy would be my first choice, my certainty. If it will be possible, I really want to work in Italy!"

Asked if he had any interest recently, Buruk insists he remains committed to seeing out his contract with Basaksehir before discussing his future.

"There's always some interest, it even gets my ear," he added.

"But now I'm only thinking about winning the Turkish league and to get the more forward possible in Europa League. I've another year of contract, then I will be able to think about everything".


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