Arda Turan has stated that he pushed all the offers he had received aside when Barcelona tabled an offer for him.
The Turkish international was linked with Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain revealed that he had the option to move elsewhere but that he always had his heart set on a switch to Barcelona.
“I received lots of offers, but when I heard from Barca I pushed all the others aside,” Arda stated at a press conference today after signing a five-year deal with Barcelona.
“Those who know me know that I’ve dreamt of playing for Barca since I was a kid.
“I’m happy to come to the best club in the world. I’ll try to give the best I’ve have.
“I’ve always liked having to really fight in order to win; I think here people will see the best Arda.”
Turan completed his £24 million move to FC Barcelona from Atletico Madrid today.
The Turkish international will be unable to play an official game for Barcelona until January 2016 due to a transfer ban imposed by Fifa for breaching rules over the signings of underage players.
The 28-year-old winger provided six assists and three goals in 46 appearances in all competitions for Atletico Madrid last season.