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Arda Turan joins Basaksehir Istanbul on loan from Barcelona

Arda Turan joins Turkish side Basaksehir Istanbul side on a two and half year loan from Barcelona.

As The Turkish international put to pen alongside club president Goksel Gumusdag, sealing a return to his native Turkey after nearly seven years in Spain.

Turan, who was greeted at the Ataturk airport by club supporters letting off flares inside over the weekend, will wear the No 14 shirt.

need to begin with a big thank you to the Basaksehir family,’ Turan said at a press conference session on Monday.

‘I am exceptionally glad that they have possessed the capacity to illuminate my imagination. It even helps me to remember the days when I went to Atletico Madrid. We have effective days both in the league and in Europe. I’m so happy.’

Istanbul are at present a point clear of Turan’s previous club Galatasaray on the Turkish SuperLig with a tally of 36 from 17 matches.

What’s more, the attacking midfielder, who was later captured training with his new colleagues, has set his sights on the leagues title.

‘The title race is essential both physically and profoundly,’ Turan said. ‘Step by step and match by coordinate, we will advance. We are the greatest hopeful of the title. Each match will be a last.

‘We trust that we will be champions. I trust we will win. I need to come back to Europe with progress with Basaksehir.’

Turan look set to make his debut on Wednesday against Giresunspor in the Turkish Cup round of 16.

He was greeted by a large number of the fans at the Ataturk airport on Saturday. They lit flares indoors to celebrate his arrival but some appeared to clash with riot police as Turan touched down.

He leaves the No 7 shirt vacant at Barcelona, which could be filled by Philippe Coutinho.

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