Arda Turan Decides to Stay & Fight for His Place Despite 'Clearing His Locker Out' at Barcelona

Tuesday July 25th, 2017

​Arda Turan has decided to stay at Barcelona and fight for a starting position under new manager Ernesto Valverde.

The midfielder struggled for consistent first-team appearances last season, scoring three goals and contributing three assists in 18 La Liga matches, and had seemed set to leave the Nou Camp this summer.

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According to ​Sport, the former Turkey international had even cleared out his locker in expectation of his move away but has instead decided to stay and battle for a first-team spot for the Catalan giants.

With attacking positions filled by Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, the 30-year-old will instead compete with Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic and Andres Iniesta for a regular starting position.

Fringe players Rafinha and Denis Suarez will also be eager to make inroads during the 2017-18 campaign, with Barcelona hoping to reclaim the La Liga title they lost to bitter rivals Real Madrid last season.

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The reports claims Turan will see how things turn out initially under the management of Valverde, who previously took charge of Athletic Bilbao, Valencia and Olympiacos, and could move to the Chinese Super League in January if his prospects do not brighten up.

The former Atletico Madrid midfielder had been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal and Liverpool reportedly interested in acquiring his signature, but it now appears Turan will stay in Catalonia and attempt to prove his worth to the club's new management.

Turan has had a hectic summer, with speculation regarding his future being coupled with his abrupt retirement from international duty with Turkey following an altercation with a journalist. 

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