The merry-making and good cheer of a holiday season in which Atlético, unlike years past, are flying high in the Primera División has taken a hit with reports that playmaker Arda Turan, a fan favourite, wants to leave los Rojiblancos at the end of the season.
Speaking to CNN Turk, Spanish paper Marca reports, Arda confirmed what his agent, Ahmet Bulut, had claimed a few weeks back.
“My goal is to play at one of the biggest five or six clubs in Europe,” the former Galatasaray man said.
“My dream is to be able to win the Champions League.”
The Turk’s agent Bulut had recently admitted to the Turkish press, “I have a desire to see him play on another team in another league, and Arda also would like to play for another club, live a different experience.
“Atleti are aware of our intentions. If things go well, Arda would leave the Madrilenian club at the end of the current season.”
AS reporter Dani Hidalgo had recently informed us that Arda isn’t pleased with the extra defensive work he’s had to perform under Diego Simeone.
Interestingly, it’s the 25-year-old’s fighting spirit in all sectors of the pitch that has helped him win over the Atlético faithful.
How do you feel about Arda’s comments?