Turkish international who was linked with summer move to Chelsea embraces new Barcelona role

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 06: Arda Turan of FC Barcelona looks on during the Copa del Rey Round of 16 first leg match between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol at Camp Nou on January 6, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Arda Turan has embraced his new role at Barcelona given to him by manager Luis Enrique according to the Spanish outlet Sport.

The Turkish international endured a difficult opening season after making his £34 million move to the Catalan giants from Atletico Madrid. Turan was unable to play for his first six months at Barcelona due to a transfer ban imposed on the club by UEFA. The 29-year-old subsequently struggled to reach full match fitness in the closing months of the league.

The former Galatasaray man went onto have a poor Euro 2016 tournament and was heavily criticised after Turkey were eliminated in the group stages.

Turan was linked with a move to the Premier league duo Arsenal and Chelsea last month. however, Sport state that Luis Enrique hasn’t given up on Turan and called him back from his summer holiday to begin training early ahead of the upcoming season.

The report goes onto state that Enrique will deploy Turan on the wings this season, rather than the  central midfield position he played last season.

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