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Rüştü Reçber: Still Open To Proposals After Rejecting Union's Contract Offer

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Rüştü Reçber told the Brotherly Game, through friend of the site Ahmet Turgut, of Turkish Soccer, that the Union sent his manager an offer, but that he was not happy with the salary they submitted.

Michael Regan

Soccer's silly season of transfers and trades has provided Philadelphia Union fans with stories of major names and unknowns for over three offseasons. This year's pre-international transfer window has been no different for the team.

Rüştü Reçber told the Brotherly Game, through friend of the site Ahmet Turgut, of Turkish Soccer, that the Union sent his manager an offer, but that he was not happy with the salary they submitted.

The World Cup 2002 hero was disappointed by the fact that the money in the deal was low compared to what he was earning in Turkey, and that it was not enough for him to relocate to America. Recber and his wife did not want to go through the process of moving their two young children to America at that price, while also uprooting them from their education and friends.

The 39-year-old goalkeeper said, however, that he was still open to the possibility of coming to the United States, but only if he received a proposal with a higher monetary value.

Recber has had links to the LA Galaxy in the past, including as recently as October. He played for Besiktas, in Turkey, from 2007 to 2012, when he left fellow giants Fenerbache for their crosstown rivals.

After playing for Turkey for 18 years, Recber retired after the 2008 European Championships, then retired from club soccer on July 1, 2012, to end a 21-year long career.

The Union decided not to comment on this report when reached for a response.