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Nathan Redmond is ready to step out of his comfort zone and revel in Besiktas’ ferocious atmosphere

Rumbling on the banks of the Bosphorus River holds and rolls around Vodafone Park, the historic home of Beşiktaş, nestled in the natural amphitheater created by slopes that rise steeply to Taksim Square.

Up goes the savage sound, strangely not in keeping with its location next to Istanbul’s Dolmabahçe Palace and the glittering sea. They measured decibel levels of 132 here in 2007, a kind of world record for a football game and probably not good for the ears.

The whole place starts shaking. This is a normal Monday night, early in the season, broadcast live on TV and still jammed with over 40,000, each of them seeming to jump on the spot and add to the noise.

Nathan Redmond arrived in Besiktas to find a 'new challenge' abroad

Nathan Redmond arrived in Besiktas to find a ‘new challenge’ abroad

It was a feast for the eyes for Nathan Redmond on his debut in Beşiktaş. “It was my first time in such an atmosphere,” he told Sportsmail. “I’ve been away with England a few times, especially in younger age groups and experienced hostile atmospheres, but this was something else.

“From the warm up we came out and it was almost full. Non-stop singing, deafening whistle when the opponent has the ball. At one point I almost went deaf.’

Turkish football thrives on its tribalism. “The best atmosphere in European football, except, with apologies to the Premier League,” a Beşiktaş official smiled in welcome as he led the way past riot police and two security rings to the concrete depths of the stadium, flanked by menacing murals of black eagles and storm clouds.

Redmond came off the bench to show a glimpse of his talent in a 1-0 loss against Istanbul Basaksehir

Redmond came off the bench to show a glimpse of his talent in a 1-0 loss against Istanbul Basaksehir

Redmond came off the bench to show a glimpse of his talent in a 1-0 loss against Istanbul Basaksehir

For Redmond and Dele Alli, two England internationals who signed this summer, it’s part of the attraction.

Alli was soon thrilled by the positive energy from the fans when he signed last month. “The feeling was great,” he said. ‘The passion surrounding the place is amazing. Hopefully I can entertain here and bring good luck.’

Istanbul’s charms have enchanted visitors for centuries, even if it means a step into the unknown for both of them.

“It’s an opportunity to step out of my comfort zone,” said Redmond, encouraged by a chance meeting with David Beckham at the airport before flying to Turkey. “We talked and he said some of the best memories of his career came from playing abroad.

Redmond left Southampton after six years and signed a one-year contract with the Turkish club

Redmond left Southampton after six years and signed a one-year contract with the Turkish club

Redmond left Southampton after six years and signed a one-year contract with the Turkish club

‘That gave me confidence in the move. It would have been easy to somehow stay in England, but I needed a new challenge. My family was supportive, ready for a new experience and when I spoke to Dele, he really sold Beşiktaş to me.

“He was probably in a similar position to me. Looking outside of England to enjoy a fresh start and learn something different and new. I look forward to learning more about this amazing city and its culture, and why people fall in love with this club.”

Dele Alli was quick to comment on the passion of the fans and the atmosphere of the club

Dele Alli was quick to comment on the passion of the fans and the atmosphere of the club

Dele Alli was quick to comment on the passion of the fans and the atmosphere of the club

Beşiktaş has a rich tradition of English influence, including seven glorious years when Gordon Milne was in charge from 1987. Milne, a former Liverpool midfielder and England international, signed the likes of Les Ferdinand, Ian Wilson and Alan Walsh and won three league titles in a row, undefeated in 1990/91.

New boss Valerien Ismael creates another British enclave on the eastern edge of Europe. As well as Alli and Redmond, there is assistant manager Adam Murray, a veteran lower division midfielder who coached Ismael at Barnsley and West Bromwich Albion, and first team coach Dean Whitehead, formerly of Sunderland and Stoke among others.

There are British analysts and fitness coaches on the staff and a total of nine players with Premier League experience, including well-known names from last season such as Romain Saiss, Arthur Masuaku and Wout Weghorst. There is also Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, a Cameroonian winger who played with Alli at Spurs.

They were soon referred to as the Turkish Premier League team.

Redmond signed a one-year deal on Turkey’s transfer deadline last week and his debut from the bench offered enough glimpses of his flair to defy his concerns about the sharpness of the game due to weeks without a competitive game and days spent alone with training before completing his transfer.

Valerien Ismael played briefly for Crystal Palace before joining Barnsley and West Brom.  led

Valerien Ismael played briefly for Crystal Palace before joining Barnsley and West Brom.  led

Valerien Ismael played briefly for Crystal Palace before joining Barnsley and West Brom. led

He couldn’t prevent Beşiktaş from losing 1-0 to Istanbul Basaksehir, their first loss of the season, which fell apart in a chaotic final when Ismael was shown a red card amid a wave of yellow in the closing stages, but the home crowd chanted the Redmond’s name at the end.

After the rigid structure of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s high-octane press in Southampton, he is sure to enjoy the freedom of his new role, playing as an old-fashioned winger in a league where he can expect more space and time on the ball.

“I think I can have a bit of fun here,” the 28-year-old agreed. “Hopefully we can have fun together when Dele is fit.”

Redmond has reiterated all his hopes of having fun with Dele (far right) together on the field

Redmond has reiterated all his hopes of having fun with Dele (far right) together on the field

Redmond has reiterated all his hopes of having fun with Dele (far right) together on the field

Alli, who missed Monday’s game with a minor injury, has already captured the fans’ imaginations following his loan change from Everton, with a brutal social media reveal starring cartoon characters Rick and Morty and a goal in his second game , against Ankaragucu.

“It’s such an exciting transfer,” said Koray Durkal, a football reporter for Hurriyet newspaper. “It brings excitement to the stands, not just fans of Beşiktaş. He is the most talked about player on social media. He’s had some bad seasons, but he’s only 26 and we’ve seen players grow again in Beşiktaş.”

Perhaps the best example is Mario Gomez, who signed at age 30, loaned from Fiorentina and scored 26 goals in 33 games to earn a recall to the German team and lead their attack on Euro 2016.

The volume at Besiktas' home Vodafone Park was once recorded as 132 decibels

The volume at Besiktas' home Vodafone Park was once recorded as 132 decibels

The volume at Besiktas’ home Vodafone Park was once recorded as 132 decibels

“Dele can do the same,” Durkal said. “Beşiktaş needs creativity and he can deliver it when he is completely fit. He may be the missing piece of the puzzle. Beşiktaş could be his new Tottenham and Ismael could be his new Pochettino.

“His quality and intelligence are obvious. He has adapted quickly to the team and there will be times when he is better. Everyone will expect him to make a difference on the pitch in the Fenerbahçe derby.”

Beşiktaş will receive the Fenerbahçe derby in their first game back after the international break. It will be intense and it will be fiercely tribal. It will be loud. It will be marked in the diaries for Redmond and Alli.