"I knew there was such an expectation," Erdoğan told press members ahead of a planned Mexico visit. "I wanted to share that expectation with all those who were present at the Turkish Olympics finale."
Erdoğan also said that he had spoken to Gülen previously about his return.
"We wanted to eliminate any negative views on this," Erdoğan added. "There is nothing that legally blocks him. The choice is up to [Gülen]. But from what he has been saying, he is not at the moment considering coming back."
Published on Hürriyet Daily News, 17 June 2012, Sunday