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Thursday, 11 August 2011

Arda Turan follows other Turkish players to Spain

Galatasaray have come to terms with Atletico Madrid to finalise the sale of midfielder Arda Turan for a reported 12 million euros.

The former Galatasaray captain joins other Turkish players Nuri Sahin and Hamit Altintop who both also moved to Madrid this summer, albeit to rivals Real Madrid.

With two years left on the player’s contract, it seems as though the time was right for Galatasaray to cash in on their talisman, who becomes the most expensive Turkish player in history following the move.

Arda also looks to escape the football turmoil in Turkey with the current match fixing allegations going on, Arda has seized the chance to join Atletico Madrid and gift Arda a chance to play in Europe.

The move to Spain looks to have come at the right time for Arda. Struggling in Turkey with personal problems and fans even questioning his commitment to the cause, Arda will be allowed to concentrate solely on football in Madrid and hopefully be able to recapture the form that made him the talisman of Galatasaray.

The move could also benefit the Turkish national team, with the national team struggling to qualify for Euro 2012; Arda will be needed in top form to ensure the national team progress to next year’s tournament.

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