Arda Turan mocks 'Plan B' Arsenal as he speaks of his delight at making Barcelona move

The Turkish midfielder signed for the La Liga giants for £27m last summer after playing 'very well' for Atletico

James Orr
Tuesday 29 March 2016 15:57 BST
Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan in action
Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan in action (Getty Images)

Arda Turan has mocked Arsenal, saying that they were his Plan B before he signed for Barcelona last July.

The Turkish midfielder said that he was thinking last season that he had to play "very well" for Atletico Madrid to get the move to Barca which he coveted, as if he only played "well" he would have to sign for the Gunners.

Eventually he joined Barcelona for €34m (£27m), after starring in the Atletico midfield.

The 29-year-old told Diari Ara: "I felt that I would sign for Barca. Honestly, I thought: 'If I play very well I’ll end up signing for Barca, because my style fits this team. If I play well, finish at Arsenal.'

"For my style, with ball, playing easy, short, aggressive when needed, but especially good, I knew I could get here in Barcelona."

Turan will get his reward for signing for Barca at the end of the campaign, with the Catalan giants top of La Liga and also competing in the Champions League. The Gunners, on the other hand, have been dumped out of all of their cup competitons and are 11 points behind leaders Leicester City in the Premier League.

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