Turkish national team manager Fatih Terim has stated that Arda Turan is ‘Turkey’s Messi’.
Terim went onto say that Turan is delighted to have joined Barcelona and that the La Liga champions have signed a ‘great player.‘
“Arda is nothing short of our Messi,” Terim told Mundo Deportivo.
“The most important thing is that Arda is extremely happy to have signed for Barca. They’ve signed a legend, a great player and a winner.”
Turan joined Barcelona this summer on a five-year deal for €34 million earlier this month from Atletico Madrid.
The Turkish international will be unable to make his debut for the La Liga giants due to a transfer ban imposed on the club by FIFA. The former Galatasaray midfielder was expected to feature in the pre-season but the transfer ban also applies to friendly games.
Turan provided six assists and scored three goals in 46 appearances for Atletico Madrid last season.The 26-year-old returned to first-team training yesterday after recovering from a foot injury sustained earlier last week.