A day after scoring a goal and adding an assist in his inaugural Champions League appearance in red and white, Atlético’s bearded warrior Arda Turan signed a contract extension that will keep him in the Spanish capital through 2017, the club announced Thursday.
The former Galatasaray man was the subject of several transfer rumours over the summer, but Diego Simeone was having none of it.
Arda’s former contract was set to expire in June of 2015 and included a €24 million release clause.
If another team want to buy-out the midfielder, they will now have to pay €41 million, Dani Hidalgo of AS reported.
“I have received a lot of offers, from clubs in Europe and in Turkey, but I decided to stay here,” the 26-year-old told Turkish television station NTVSpor on Thursday.
The Turkey international’s family members now reside in Madrid, a factor that he admitted was instrumental in his decision to remain at Atleti.
“My mother has gone through some health problems,” he said.
“Having my [family] close to me is important. My mother has come to Madrid and she is doing well here. It has been one more reason I have decided to stay.”
Another reason is his trust in boss Simeone.
“He’s been very important to my progress and he’s on his way to becoming the best coach in the world,” said Arda.
“I thank ‘Cholo’.”
Currently in his third season with los Rojiblancos, our midfield maestro has made 93 total appearances in official competition with the club, scoring 12 goals and assisting 16 others during his tenure.