Barcelona Opt Against Arda Turan Return After Istanbul Basaksehir Loan Is Cut Short

Arda Turan will not return to Barcelona for the final six months of his contract despite cutting his loan at ?Istanbul Basaksehir short this month.

The midfielder initially joined the Turkish club on a two-and-a-half year loan during the winter window of the 2017/18 season, having not featured at all for La Blaugrana during that campaign.

Arda Turan

Prior to joining ?Barcelona, Turan spent four seasons with Atletico Madrid where he scored 22 goals in 178 appearances, helping the club secure ?La Liga, Copa del Rey and Europa League crowns. 

His performances granted him a €34m move to Barça, but he failed to nail down a starting berth during his time there and subsequently was sent to his homeland on loan.

His deal with Basaksehir was due to finish this summer, but ?Marca have revealed that Turan demanded to be allowed to leave immediately, a wish the club’s president eventually agreed to and the contract was subsequently terminated.

That leaves six months left on his deal with the Camp Nou outfit, but Ernesto Valverde’s side have no intention of taking him back for that spell, something the 32-year-old understands, and he won’t return to the city.

Turkish Spor Toto Super Lig"Medipol Basaksehir FK v Kayserispor"

Wherever Turan moves next will presumably have to be in Turkey, due to some unsavoury incidents he got himself involved in back in 2018. Turan was charged with multiple crimes, including firing a gun to cause fear and panic, illegal possession of weapons and intentional injury.

Having been initially sentenced by the court to spend time in jail, the 32-year-old avoided such a ruling after the verdict was deferred, meaning he will be spared from prison time as long as he doesn’t commit any crimes in the next five years. That does include remaining in his home country, therefore a move abroad is not on the cards for the midfielder.


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