Davala turned down big guns
By Thomas Zeh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburg all offered the Turk a place in their side, but he opted to move to Bremen.
"Yes, Yildiray Basturk told me that Jurgen Kohler (director of sport at Leverkusen) talked with him about me and Dortmund and Hamburg were also interested, but to me only Werder mattered, everything went perfect with them," declared the versatile midfielder.
Umit Davala starred at the World Cup when Turkey sensationally came third, but failed to settle in Italy where he represented city rivals Milan and then Inter, and only restored his struggling career during a loan spell at Galatasaray.
"I have enjoyed plenty of success in Turkey, but I was born in Germany and it has always been my dream to play in the Bundesliga," Davala told Kicker.
"I know that Werder have the potential to win a domestic or European title.
"In the past season they beat Bayern Munich and all the other big teams, but then dropped many points against the minor teams, if not they would have won the championship."
The move has boosted the hopes of the Bremen faithful of winning the first silverware since lifting the German Cup in 1999.