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Canadian star striker Cyle Larin is leaving Turkey’s Besiktas for Belgium’s Club Brugge

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Forward Cyle Larin joins fellow Canadian Tajon Buchanan at Club Brugge in Belgium.

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Larin, who leads all Canadian men internationally with 24 goals, bid farewell to Turkey’s Besiktas in a social media post over the weekend.

“We’ve accomplished a lot together,” wrote the 27-year-old from Brampton, Ont. “We were strong during the tough days and brought great joy from there as we went on to win championships. It was an honor to share these moments with all of you who are part of this wonderful Besiktas family. Unfortunately, it’s time to say goodbye.”

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Club Brugge announced Larin’s arrival in a social media post showing the Canadian in the team’s new kit.

“New challenge, new colors. The boy from Bruges. Welcome Cyle.”

Larin, who has not been in contact with Besiktas, has signed with Brugge until 2025.

Club Brugge won the Belgian league title for the third consecutive season and 18th overall in May and will play in the Champions League next season.

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Bruges finished second to Union Saint-Gilloise in the regular season, but won the Belgian title with a successful play-off.

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Buchanan, a 23-year-old winger from Brampton, joined the Belgian side on a transfer from the New England Revolution at the end of the 2021 MLS season.

Larin has 24 goals in 52 games for Canada and played a key role in Canada’s successful World Cup qualifying campaign with 16 goals – in 21 games – since the start of 2021.

The six-foot-tall forward set Canada’s scoring record in January in a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over the U.S. in Hamilton, surpassing Dwayne De Rosario’s 22 goals in 81 games.

Larin joined Canadian captain Atiba Hutchinson at Besiktas in January 2018 after a botched exit from Major League Soccer’s Orlando City.

Larin won the 2015 MLS Rookie of the Year award after scoring a rookie record 17 goals. He ed another 14 goals in 2016 and 12 in 2017.

After two years at the University of Connecticut, Larin was selected first overall in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.

Larin, who played for the Sigma FC academy in Toronto from 2007 to 2014, made his debut for Canada in May 2014 against Bulgaria.

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