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ARDA TURAN has ended his disastrous five-year Barcelona spell after signing for Galatasaray.

The Turkish international has returned home following 11 years away, which saw him make a name for himself at Atletico Madrid in LaLiga.

2Arda Turan has left Barcelona and signed for GalatasarayCredit: Getty Images - Getty

But his doomed 2015 transfer to Barcelona turned his career upside down, though he could not hold back the emotions after re-joining his boyhood club on a free.

Turan said: "Emotions are very deep. Now is not the time to comment and talk too much. 

"It's time for me to get on the field and fight. I would like to thank Mr Mustafa Cengiz and members of the board of directors.

"I hope everything will be good: the most beautiful days, successful days again both in Turkey and in Europe. 

"I miss the fans very much. I am waiting for the day I will meet with them. I hope to see you as soon as possible."

#WelcomeHomeArda @ArdaTuran

— Galatasaray EN (@Galatasaray) August 5, 2020

Turan signed for Barca five years ago but was unable to make his debut for another six months with the Spaniards still on a transfer ban.

He made sporadic appearances in his first two seasons but in 2018 was loaned out to Istanbul Basaksehir after falling to make a single appearance for Barca that campaign.

But Turan's return to Turkey was also marred with controversy.

He was handed a 16-match ban in May 2018 after pushing an assistant referee following a dispute over a decision.

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Last Autumn he received a suspended two years and eight months prison sentence after being found guilty of intentional injury and possession of an unlicensed weapon.

He was involved in a brawl with pop singer Berkay Sahin in October 2018, breaking his nose, before being accused of brandishing a gun after following him to the hospital.

His loan contract was then terminated in January and Turan has not played since.

2Turan had his Istanbul Basaksehir loan terminated in January Credit: Getty - Contributor Arda Turan involved in brawl as he ‘broke popstar’s nose’ and ‘brandished gun’ in shocking scenes

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Lionel Messi Sends Fond Farewell Message to Arturo Vidal


Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has sent a fond farewell message to Arturo Vidal who is set to complete a move to Serie A side Inter shortly.

The Argentine took to social media to say goodbye to the Chile international and wish the midfielder all the best for the future.

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Te conocía sólo de enfrentarnos y siempre me pareciste un fenómeno, pero después tuve la suerte de conocerte en lo personal y me sorprendiste más todavía. Fueron dos años compartiendo muchas cosas y te hiciste notar mucho, el vestuario te va a extrañar, @kingarturo23oficial. Te deseo todo lo mejor en esta nueva etapa en tu nuevo club. Nos volveremos a cruzar, seguro. ????????????????

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“I only knew you from facing each other and you always seemed like a phenomenon to me, but then I was lucky enough to meet you personally and you surprised me even more. There were two years sharing many things and you made yourself noticed a lot, the dressing room will miss you. I wish you all the best in this new stage at your new club. We will cross paths again, for sure.”

Vidal joined Barcelona in 2018 from Bayern Munich and went on to win La Liga in 2018-19 with the Catalan giants. He is now set to return to Serie A where he will be reunited with former coach Antonio Conte.

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Vidal To Join Inter

The Chile international’s move to Inter should be completed on Monday. The Nerazzurri have already confirmed he is in Milan to have a medical ahead of signing a deal.


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— Inter (@Inter_en) September 20, 2020

Vidal will sign a two-year deal with Conte’s men, according to Gianluca Di Marzio. Barcelona will receive a nominal fee of €1 million for the 33-year-old who was in the final year of his contract at the Camp Nou.

The midfielder becomes the second player to leave Barcelona this summer. Ivan Rakitic has already signed for former club Sevilla, while there are expected to be more departures before the close of the transfer window.

Right-back Nelson Semedo is expected to leave for Premier League side Wolves, while Luis Suarez’s future remains uncertain. The striker had been linked with a move to Juventus, but the Serie A side have since confirmed he is no longer a target.

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