Arda Turan Leaves Barcelona On Loan

Barcelona’s out-of-favour midfielder Arda Turan has moved to Istanbul Basaksehir on a loan deal until 2020, the Catalan club has confirmed.

The 30-year-old playmaker returns to his native Turkey having failed to make a single appearance under Ernesto Valverde this season.

The lack of regular game time forced him to move on in search of more regular first-team football.

Having accepted that much, Barca have allowed Turan to depart on a two-and-a-half-year loan agreement.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “Arda Turan has played a total of 55 games for Barca, scoring 15 goals in his two-and-a- half years as a Blaugrana.

“In that time he has won 6 trophies: 1 league championship, 2 Copa del Rey, 1 Spanish Super Cup, 1 Club World Cup and 1 European Super Cup.

“As such the Turk leaves after completing a clean sweep of domestic trophies.”

Arda joined Barca from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2015.

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