Arda Turan is eager to stay at Barcelona and try to earn a regular place in the club’s starting XI, rather than move away, the midfielder’s agent has revealed, in a report run by The Guardian.
After joining Barca from Atletico Madrid last summer, Turan endured a frustrating season, whereby whilst unable to play until January due to the transfer embargo placed upon the Catalan giants, when the 29-year-old did become eligible, he was afforded only 810 minutes of playing time in the league, during which he scored twice and provided four assists.
As such, Turan was able to show glimpses of the type of form he produced consistently throughout his four years with Atletico Madrid, for whom he scored 22 goals and provided 33 assists in 177 games, before moving to Barca for 34m Euros on a five-year-contract.
Ultimately Turan’s ineligibility for the first half of last season, combined with Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic having formed a wonderful central midfield partnership during that time, has made it extremely difficult for the Turkish internationalist to earn a regular place in the heart of Barcelona’s team.
Despite that Turan’s agent Ahmet Bulut has dismissed reports claiming that the player is actively seeking to leave Barcelona. “Rumours saying that Arda is leaving Barcelona are false. He is happy at the club,” The Guardian quoted Bulut as saying to dampen speculation that Turan may be set for a move to another top European club.
Rumours to that extent began to circulate in April, when both Arsenal and Chelsea were reported to be monitoring Turan’s situation, according to talkSPORT.
Subsequently whilst the two London clubs, along with Borussia Dortmund and Juventus, still remain interested in signing Turan, the player seems to be intent on staying with Barcelona and becoming a key member of the club’s first team squad.
Furthermore since Barca’s management team are thought to be more than willing to give him the opportunity to do that, Turan’s future would appear to lie at the Camp Nou, rather than in London.