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Fred: “Goals and Assists Matter, But Trophies Are Key”

Fenerbahçe's Brazilian midfielder Fred made statements at a press conference. Reminding that he missed 15 matches last season due to injury, Fred said, "It happened for the first time in my career."

's successful player spoke at the press conference.

Fred's statements are as follows:

“OUR TRAINING CAMP IS GOING WELL”

“Everything is going very well. I am very happy to be at Fenerbahçe. Our pre-season camp is going well; we started well. Pre-season is always tough. We continue our work.

“MOURINHO IS A GREAT COACH”

Everyone knows . He is a great man and a great coach. He likes to joke around, but when it's time to work, he expects efficiency from everyone. Everyone is eager in this regard. We show this eagerness both in training and in matches, and we need to maintain it throughout the season. You know Mourinho, he always wants to win. There are many players in the team with this character.

“WE WANTED TURKEY TO WIN”

Every player in the did a great job; they played tremendously. The EURO is a tough tournament, and they showed great passion. I also need to congratulate my teammates; they played very well. We couldn't watch the game yesterday, but we wanted Turkey to win. I hope they go further in the next tournament.

“A NEW PLAYER JOINED THE TEAM: ‘FIRET'”

A new player joined the team: ‘Firet.' Joking aside, as the real Fred, I am here. More players might join the team, but I can say that the youngsters have done well in the camp. I think our coach is also pleased with them. Experienced players need to help the young ones gain confidence.

“WE WERE HAPPY WHEN WE HEARD MOURINHO WAS COMING”

We were happy when we heard Mourinho was coming. His impact was huge when he arrived. He is one of the greatest coaches in the world. He has principles, and both young and experienced players will learn something from him. He is both a very good person and a very good coach. We are grateful for Mourinho being here.

“I MISSED 15 MATCHES LAST SEASON, IT HAPPENED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY CAREER”

Last season, I missed about 15 matches due to . It happened for the first time in my career. I couldn't contribute much last season. This year, I feel good. Goals and assists are, of course, important, but for me, the most important thing is winning cups and championships.

“I AM NOT THE CAPTAIN”

Wearing the 's armband is a nice feeling, but I am not the captain. Our first captain is , our second captain is , and then . Yesterday, when Dzeko went off, I was the most senior player on the pitch, so the armband came to me. Whether I am the captain or not, I like to speak on the pitch anyway. If the team needs me, I will be there.”

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