Arda Turan agrees contract extension
Arda Turan has revealed he was delighted to be remaining a part of Atletico Madrid’s “big family” as he agreed a contract extension to keep him at the La Liga club until June 2017.
Arda, 26, was regularly linked with a move last summer, with his agent Ahmet Bulut at different times suggesting he could return to his former side Galatasaray or move to the Premier League.
Liverpool and Arsenal were among the clubs Bulut brought up in public, but there was always a feeling the comments were a negotiating tactic as new contract talks progressed. And a new improved deal to keep the Turkish playmaker at the Estadio Vicente Calderon for four more years was announced via Atletico’s website on Thursday.
The player himself said he was delighted at the news and thanked everyone at the club for making it possible.
“I am very happy to have extended my contract with Atletico,” Arda said. “After these two years in the Atletico jersey I feel like part of the big family which this club is. I am very happy that the club wants me to continue, thanks to my team-mates and all we are achieving together. I also want to thank the directors, and everyone who works at the club because we are all part of this big family.”
Arda joined Atletico in summer 2011 from Gala for €13 million, and has since won the Europa League, European Super Cup and Copa del Rey medals. Most recently he scored in Wednesday's 3-1 Champions League opening day group victory at home to Zenit Saint Petersburg.
The news follows on from similar contract renewals by Colchoneros' first teamers Juanfran, Diego Costa, Miranda and Koke in recent weeks. Juanfran said he turned down interest from Arsenal to renew his deal, while Costa has also recently claimed he rejected a move to Liverpool to stay at the Calderon.