Nihat makes Sociedad pledge
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Turkish duo have a Euro 2004 qualifier against Macedonia on Wednesday and have also both been selected for their country's Confederations Cup squad.
The tournament overlaps with the end of the Spanish league season, and Sociedad had feared losing the players for their crucial run-in as they attempt to edge out Real Madrid in the race for La Primera title.
However, Nihat has insisted that both he and Tayfun will return to Spain to play in the games despite not yet having definite permission to do so from the Turkish FA.
"We will return to San Sebastian on Thursday. We want to try and win the league with Real," said the highly-rated hit-man.
"We have still not been given ultimate permission, but we have our plane tickets to return.
"'Tay' and I really want to fight for a title that we have worked so hard for.
"I think the directors and coaches (of Turkey) will understand how important it is to be fighting for a title that we have been chasing all season."
Nihat, who netted his country's winner in Saturday's Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia, also expressed his delight at the chance of returning to play at former club Besiktas' stadium when Turkey take on Macedonia on Wednesday.
"On Wednesday, we will play against Macedonia in a game that will be very special to me," he added..
"We will play at the Besiktas stadium where I have not played for some time.
"But I'm sure that my old fans will not forget, and it will be great for me to play in front of them."