Barcelona midfielder and Turkey international Arda Turan will stay at the Nou Camp this summer and fight for his place in the squad, according to his agent.
Ahmet Belut told the Guardian that Turan, 29, is keen to stay at the Catalonian club and force himself into the starting line-up after a difficult start to his Barcelona career. Turan couldn’t play for the Nou Camp side until January once their transfer ban had been lifted.
‘The interest is normal but the rumours saying he is leaving Barcelona are false, he is happy at the club’, Belut explained.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu also chimed in, thanking both Turan and Aleix Vidal for their patience during the transfer embargo.
‘The coaching staff count on Arda Turan and we thank both him and Aleix for the patience they showed to go six months without being able to play.’
Despite interest in the Turkish international from the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea, with Juventus and Borussia Dortmund also keeping tabs, Turan wants to fight with the likes of Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic for a starting position in Luis Enrique’s side.
Turan transferred to Barcelona from Atletico Madrid, where he had won their first league title in a decade under manager Diego Simeone, as well as lifting the Copa del Rey, Europa League and European Super Cup. That form earned him a move to Barcelona, signing a five-year deal for a fee worth €34 million.
Turan is yet to rediscover his Atletico form for his new side, scoring twice in 18 league appearances as Barcelona won La Liga. He also appeared at Euro 2016 for Turkey, as they exited the competition at the group stage.