Bursaspor confirm William Troost-Ekong deal

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Nigeria defender William Troost-Ekong has joined Bursaspor on a three-year contract after passing a medical on Saturday morning.

Troost-Ekong, 23, joins the Turkish club from KAA Gent in a €2-million deal, and told KweséESPN why he made the move.

"I came here because Bursaspor is a very big club with ambition and a good coach, Paul Le Guen," the centre back began. "I am here to play and help the team.

"The Turkish Super Lig is strong and I think it is what I need to keep developing."

The Nigeria defender joined the Belgian club from Dutch side Groningen in 2015, but was loaned out to Norway's Haugesund and only returned to Belgium last November to help the club to a fourth-place finish and Europa League qualification.

Troost-Ekong, who has emerged as a key component of Gernot Rohr's new young Nigeria side, says his focus now is to continue his development and help his new club achieve greater things.

"I want to have a better season here than they did last year and to help the team back to the top," he continued, "and to keep developing with the view to the World Cup in 2018."

The defender has taken the number 93 jersey at his new club "because I was born in 1993," he explained.