Agent says player will stay with Barcelona and fight for his place.
English and German clubs interested in signing out-of-favour Barcelona midfielder, Arda Turan, look set to be disappointed, as his agent says he wants to stay with the Spanish champions and fight for his place in the starting line-up.
The Turkey international struggled to make an impact at Barça last season after joining from Atlético Madrid. Under the terms of Barcelona’s transfer ban he was unable to play for the first half of the season. When, eventually, he was available for selection, the 29-year-old spent much of the rest of the season on the bench.
Arda Turan is keen to stay with the Spanish champions, despite reports Arsenal and Chelsea are following his situation, along with Juventus and Borussia Dortmund.
“The interest [in Arda] is normal but the rumours saying he is leaving Barcelona are false, he is happy at the club,” the agent, Ahmet Bulut, told the Guardian.
In four years with Atletico Madrid, Turan scored 22 goals and provided 32 assists in 177 games. He moved to Barcelona in a €34m deal last summer and signed a five-year deal.
The Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, said recently: “The coaching staff count on Arda Turan and we thank both him and Aleix [Vidal] for the patience they showed to go six months without being able to play.”