Arda Turan has been waiting since the summer to finally make his debut for Barcelona and is expected to do so this evening as the reigning La Liga champions take on Espanyol in the Spanish Cup Last 16 first-leg tie at the Nou Camp.
Turan may have joined Barcelona over the summer but due to the FIFA transfer ban imposed on the club he has unable to play due to the club being restricted from registering new signings.
The Turkish international was however, finally registered as a Barcelona player on Monday and received the number 7 shirt.
The bearded winger took time out of his pre-match preparations to thank Barcelona fans for being patient and waiting for him before announcing that he loves them all – how sweet!.
Matchday. Finally. Your support has made me stronger during this period. Thank you for being there. Love you all. Always!
— Arda Turan (@ArdaTuran) January 6, 2016
Turan has been included in the match day squad going into the clash at the Nou Camp against cross-city rivals Espanyol today.
Barcelona squad: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Jordi Masip, Gerard Pique, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Dani Alves, Arda Turan, Andres Iniesta, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Javier Mascherano, Marc Bartra, Munir El Haddadi, Jordi Alba, Aleix Vidal, Thomas Vermaelen, Jeremy Mathieu.