Atlético midfielder Arda Turan gave a press conference Monday morning following the team’s training session.
Turan communicated by way of a translator, his close friend Ata who accompanied him to Madrid.
The Turkish wonder has delighted fans with a series of sensational performances in his first few games with Atleti, assisting several goals but has yet to find the back of the net himself.
The 24-year-old is untroubled though.
“I like to share what I have in my life,” he said.
“That also has an influence in football. I like assisting goals much more than scoring them. It’s part of my character.”
On the pitch, it’s evident that Arda is connecting well with his new team-mates, something he attributes to dressing room camaraderie.
“My team-mates support me so much,” he said.
“We try to be like a family. We need more time to adapt as a team, but we are going to go up because we have great players on the squad.
“There’s a good environment that will help us overcome any difficulties.”
Turan gave a personal assessment of his first weeks as a Rojiblanco.
“I feel really good at this club,” he said.
“I can’t promise that I will play well in every game, but I can promise that I will fight hard in all matches. I feel very happy here and never thought that I would adapt so quickly to Spanish football.
“I was very surprised by that.”
The playmaker assured that Atlético have the quality to eventually challenge La Liga giants.
“Barcelona are a very good team, they have something special, but we, or even Valencia, have a good team as well,” he said.
“With time, whenever we adapt completely, we can compete at the top of the standings with Real Madrid and Barcelona. Villarreal, Málaga and Sevilla might all be up there, too.
“This team is capable of competing with anyone.”
The former Galatasaray captain and Turkey international then went over the differences between Spain’s Primera División and his home country’s Süper Lig.
“The Spanish league has a lot of quality,” he said.
“The best players in the world are here and the game is played more offensively. Football is more defensive in Turkey, but I hope that one day we’ll be at the same level as the Spanish league.”
How do you feel about Arda so far? Has he played above your expectations of him when he first joined the club?