Arda Turan, Atlético’s latest signing, said goodbye to Galatasaray and all of their fans Thursday afternoon.
The midfielder, who will be presented in Madrid on Tuesday, also had some bad news to share.
A muscular injury will keep the 24-year-old sidelined for the next two or three weeks, which rules him out for our Europa League qualifiers against Vitória.
He suffered the injury to his right leg during Turkey’s 3-0 victory over Estonia on Wednesday.
The versatile player, who will have his medical tomorrow, thanked Cimbom fans for his fantastic years in Istanbul, and then spoke about his move to Atlético.
“I know that at Atlético I’ll be part of the team and that the fans are amazing, just like Galatasaray’s”, he said before recalling the Europa League clash against his new team during our succesful Europa League run two years back.
“Atlético are one of the best clubs in Europe and I’m happy to go there, because the club has shown a lot of faith in me.”
Arda was then asked about other Turkish players like Sahin, Altintop and Özil, who play across town for our eternal rivals. The midfielder made it clear that he thinks he’s joined the right club.
“Real Madrid haven’t made an offer for me, but even if they had I would’ve preferred to join Atleti.”
Turan, who will bring his actress girlfriend Sinem Kobal along to the Spanish capital, will sign a four-year contract with the Rojiblancos.
“I was determined to play in Europe, so I sat with my family to assess the offer and we made the decision to sign at Atlético.”
With Turan’s arrival, Atlético seem to have called off the hunt for Antoine Griezmann, but rumours linking us to Diego, Falcao, Osvaldo and Lafita remain active.