The agent of former Manchester United target Arda Turan has spoken to the Spanish publication AS in a bid to clear up any exaggerated exit talks.
The Turkish international midfielder was heavily linked with a move to the Red Devils last season as former boss David Moyes was an avid supporter.
Even after the Scot had been dismissed, United’s midfield problems were evident and strong rumours over the summer occurred, though his reported €40 million release clause was an obvious stumbling block.
In a recent interview with the Turkish press, Turan’s agent Ahmet Bulut acknowledged United’s previous intentions before reportedly issuing a presumed ‘come-and-get-me’ plea.
“At the end of this season, we think that a 28-year-old must consider a transfer. If this transfer is to one of Europe's top eight teams it could happen. Otherwise we will not."
After realising what quotes had been published, Bulut quickly got in touch with the Spanish press to suggest his comments had been misguided and decided to issue the subsequent statement:
“Arda is very happy at Atlético and intends to honour his contract. He has this year and then two more left on his contract and is very comfortable.”
He continued: “In football you never know what will happen with him or any other Atlético player. At the moment no possibility is open that would mean Arda leaving Atlético.”
Turan has been a massive hit with Los Colchoneros since joining the club in 2011, helping Diego Simeone’s men win a number of titles.
Following a lengthy spell on the side-lines with injury, his official comeback couldn’t have gone any better as he came off the substitutes’ bench to fire in the winner during his side’s 2-1 La Liga win over Real Madrid.