He was transferred from Besiktaş by Jean Tigana during his re-generation plan for team in 2006-2007 season at the age of 19. Beşiktaş paid Bursaspor $1,000,000 plus Sinan Kaloğlu and Eser Yağmur as exchange players for this transfer. He was playing as a right full-back in Bursaspor, but Jean Tigana tried to adapt him to play as a defensive midfielder as well. He would not be able to score a goal for his team, however, has been very successful in his first season in Beşiktaş as he built his regular place in team's line-up.
He started his national team career on January 11, 2005 in a U18 friendly against Belgium. He attended 2005 Mediterranean Games, and played in the final game against Spain. He was selected for the U21 national team on November 15, 2006 for the friendly with Denmark. After his success in Beşiktaş, Fatih Terim called him for the national team squad for friendly matches. He played his first -and only- national match against Brazil on June 5, 2007.