Arda Turan has confirmed on social media the rumours that he is in discussions to leave Atlético Madrid.
“The transfer rumours are not entirely correct. My agent is currently in touch with 3-4 clubs. I will update you all if a deal is made,” said the Turk on his Twitter account.
During each transfer window since Arda arrived, Atletico fans have gotten used to Arda’s agent, Ahmet Bulut, declaring that Arda wants to leave the club.
The only difference is that this time, it’s true. It’s taken a while for me to process it, but it looks like he actually wants to leave.
The reason behind his desire to leave is his belief that Cholo’s playing style is taking a toll on him. He doesn’t think he can keep up with Cholo’s demands.
Although, this rumour would contradict what Arda said in an interview with FIFA last October. “Maybe our play style isn’t pretty, but we win. I like Barcelona’s or Bayern’s play style, but I like ours more.”
According to AS, Atlético bosses called Arda last week to see if the statements made by his agent were true. Arda is said to have cordially indicated his desire to leave.
“Arda made it absolutely plain that he as no problem wuith the club,” reported Jorge García. “In fact he feels loved and well treated both on the sporting and financial side of the game, but he feels that it’s a question of eras and his time in Madrid is up.”
Another factor in the Turk’s decision is the lure that has been there since he signed for Atleti. The Premier League.
Arda has always dreamt of playing in the Premier League and maybe now, at 28 years old, he realised that this is his last opportunity.
The transfer rumors are not entirely correct. My agent is currently in touch with 3-4 clubs. I will update you all if a deal is made.
— Arda Turan (@ArdaTuran10line) June 28, 2015
Reports suggest that Manchester United, Manchester City, PSG, Milan and Barcelona are all interested in signing Atleti’s number 10. Barcelona presidential candidate, Josep Bartomeu, promised that he was focus on signing Arda Turan if he is re-elected at the Camp Nou.
Turan signed for Atleti back in August 2011 and has since played 178 matches for the club.
It’s rare in the present day for players to come out and be 100 percent honest about their desires, but Arda is a rare player.
All I can say is thank you, Arda. Thank you for your magic, your tears, shaving your head in the Bernabeu locker rooms, your smile and your presence.
Thank you for being a Colchonero for the past four years, for representing our shirt in the best possible way.