Calhanoglu looking forward to the battle of the Turks [divider]
“Three Turkish players will be playing in the biggest competition in club football so of course it is a great honour,” Çalhanoğlu told Radyospor.
The Last 16 first-leg will see three Turkish international players go head to head.
Ömer Toprak and Calhanoğlu are likely to start for Bayer while Turan is a doubt for Atleti due to injury.
Toprak is the Bundesliga outfits captain while Çalhanoğlu is one of the most promising young players in the team.
Çalhanoğlu joined Bayer for €14.5 million this summer – the highest fee ever paid for a Turkish international.
The 21-year-old was named best young player of the 2013/14 season by leading German football magazine 11 Freunde.
The Turkish international has a total of eight goals and seven assists for Bayer in all competitions this season.
Turan became the first Turkish player to win the La Liga with the Rojiblancos this season.