Arda Turan posts brilliant, heartfelt goodbye to Barcelona

Arda Turan posts brilliant, heartfelt goodbye to Barcelona

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Turkish midfielder/attacker Arda Turan has this afternoon penned a touching goodbye to Barcelona, following the confirmation of his move to Istanbul Başakşehir.

Big-money switch

Turan, a 30-year-old Turkish international, made the move to Catalonia in 2015 following a hugely-successful 4-year stint with La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid.

Barca forked out an initial 34 million Euro, plus up to 7 million Euro in bonuses for his signature, with the capture seen as quite a coup for the Blaugrana following Turan’s stellar spell in the Spanish capital.

Struggles

However, the Galatasaray youth product has since failed to make any sort of meaningful impact for the Catalans (despite some hugely impressive early performances), managing just 23 La Liga starts between the 2015-16 and 2016-17 campaigns.

Large sections of Barca’s fans pleaded with the club to move Turan on over the summer transfer window, but both the board and player repeatedly insisted that a departure was never on the cards.

Suitors

However, the 100-time capped Turkish international has since failed to make a single appearance for the Blaugrana to this point in the current campaign, leading to increasing speculation that Turan would finally be set for a move away from the Camp Nou this month.

The Barca man’s former club Galatasaray were heavily linked with a bid for their one-time captain, with Arsenal also having been persistently touted as a possible destination for the experienced attacking midfielder/winger.

Done deal

But, as was confirmed on Barcelona’s official website this morning, Turan has in fact joined Turkish Super Lig leaders İstanbul Başakşehir on a two-and-a-half year loan:

Touch of class

Despite his relationship with the club having soured somewhat of late, and large sections of Barcelona’s fans having turned on the veteran over the last 12 months, Turan has nevertheless taken to social media this afternoon to post a classy farewell to all involved with the Blaugrana:

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January 13, 2018 at 07:16AM

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