Brentford Head Coach, Thomas Frank, said: “Julian got the opportunity to go to Turkey and play week in, week out, at a very high level. He deserves that with the quality he has as a player. At every club you want competition with three good centre-backs. Last season he and Ethan Pinnock fought hard for that shirt and Julian then stepped up when Pontus Jansson was injured. I wish him all the best this year. I know he will fit in well at Kasımpaşa as he is a very good player.”
Julian joined The Bees from Reims in the summer of 2018 and scored in each of his first two games, a pair of Carabao Cup victories over Southend United and Cheltenham Town. After five appearances during the opening four months of the season, Julian became a regular over the second half of the campaign. He made a further 26 appearances in all competitions netting three times, form that earned him international recognition with Guinea.
Julian made his debut for Guinea in a friendly against Benin ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the first of five caps he has won for his country. He went on to feature in the group stage draw against Madagascar as Guinea progressed to the Last 16 before going out to eventual Champions Algeria.
The Paris-born centre-back began last season as part of our first choice back-line, starting all but one of our opening 16 Sky Bet Championship games. Julian regained his starting spot in January, playing a further eight times pre-lockdown. His only goal of the season came during a 3-2 win over Middlesbrough at Griffin Park in February. Julian’s final appearance last season, during our 5-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday, was his 50th in the Championship and 58th in total for The Bees.
Kasımpaşa were an amateur Club as recently as the mid-1980s but are now gearing up for their ninth consecutive season in the Turkish top tier. They finished 6thin their first two Süper Lig campaigns and, under new boss Mehmet Altiparmak, appointed last month, will be looking to build-on last season’s 10th place finish.