Demirel spoke to TRT Haber via SportWitness and had his say on Bayindir’s switch to Old Trafford.
A report covered by The Peoples Person had indicated that the former Inter Milan star is set to hold showdown talks with Erik ten Hag regarding his decision to make a return to the international football scene.
The goalkeeper was called up by the Turkey national team.
Hatayspor technical director Volkan Demirel has expressed his sadness at Altay Bayindir’s move to Manchester United.
Bayindir was one of the players United managed to bring in on deadline day.
The United star went on to feature 145 times for the Super Lig giants and kept 44 clean sheets.
Onana stands to miss up to nine games across all competitions. This could give Bayindir the chance to make his mark.
His arrival from Fenerbahce only got over the line after Dean Henderson‘s permanent exit to Premier League rivals Crystal Palace was confirmed.
While Onana is certainly the undisputed number one, Bayindir has a chance to get a consistent run of games in January in the event Onana decides to line up for Cameroon in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
Demirel said, “Altay was an asset for Fenerbahçe. Ugurcan [Trabzonsport goalkeeper who also plays for the national team] is the same way.”
Bayindir was named on the bench during United’s 1-3 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates just before the international break.
He added, “English football will take him to the next level.”
When the Hatayspor technical director retired from football in 2019 after 17 years with Fenerbahçe, it was Bayindir who replaced him between the sticks.
“Irfan is also doing well. I am happy that Altay has gone to Manchester but sad that he left Fenerbahçe.”