Arda Turan's agent Ahmet Bulut has dismissed speculation regarding his client's future and made it clear that he intends to stay at Barcelona and fight for his place in the team. The Turkish midfielder, joined the Catalan club last summer, but was unable to make an appearance until January this year due to the club's transfer embargo.
The Turkey international, who spent four years with Atletico Madrid, with whom he won his first Spanish title and the club's first in over a decade struggled to make an impact in his debut campaign with Barcelona. Despite making 18 appearances in the league since January, he completed the full 90 minutes on just three occasions.
Turan also failed to make a considerable impact when on the pitch contributing just two goals and four assists. His lack of game time and impact on the first-team has prompted speculation of a possible move to another league, with Spanish publication Sport suggesting that Arsenal and Chelsea are monitoring his situation with a view to a possible move this summer.
The 29-year-old midfielder's agent, however, has indicated that his client is happy at the Camp Nou and is likely to remain a Barcelona player for the foreseeable future. The Catalan club's president Josep Maria Bartomeu also indicated recently that the club are counting on the services of Turan and Aleix Vidal, while thanking them for their patience as they had to watch half of last season from the stands owing to the embargo.
"The interest [in Arda] is normal but the rumours saying he is leaving Barcelona are false, he is happy at the club," Ahmet Bulut told the Guardian.
"The coaching staff count on Arda Turan and we thank both him and Aleix [Vidal] for the patience they showed to go six months without being able to play," Bartomeu said.