July 3, 2017 / 7:28 PM / 5 months ago

Milan sign Turkey's Calhanoglu from Leverkusen

BERLIN (Reuters) - Turkey midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu has joined AC Milan on a four-year deal, leaving Bayer Leverkusen two years before the end of his contract, the clubs announced on Monday.

Britain Football Soccer - Bayer Leverkusen Press Conference & Training - Wembley Stadium, London, England - 1/11/16 Bayer Leverkusen's Hakan Calhanoglu during the training session Action Images via Reuters / Matthew Childs Livepic

There were no official details of the transfer fee but German media estimated it was 25 million euros ($28.40 million).

The gifted 23-year-old Calhanoglu has not played since February after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld a four-month ban imposed by world governing body FIFA over his contract dispute with Turkish club Trabzonspor from 2011.

Trabzonspor lodged a claim alleging Calhanoglu had breached the terms of his contract without just cause when he signed for Karlsruhe in 2011. Calhanoglu was a minor at the time.

Calhanoglu was ordered to pay Trabzonspor 100,0000 euros ($1.14 million). He joined Hamburg from Karlsruhe in 2012 and moved to Leverkusen two years later.

”The three years at Leverkusen were very emotional, Calhanoglu said in a club statement. “The support was outstanding especially during my four-month ban.”

“Now I want to start a new chapter in my career.”

($1 = 0.8803 euros)

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Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Ken Ferris

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