Turan committed to Barcelona cause

Out-of-favour Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan insists he has no desire to depart the Spanish giants amidst reports linking him with a move to the English Premier League.

The 29-year-old has failed to break into the first team under manager Luis Enrique, having missed the first half of the season due to Barcelona's ban on registering players.

And, having eventually been registered in January, Turan has played second fiddle to the likes of Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta.

Question marks remain over whether Turan will be able to adapt to Barcelona's system and replace veteran Iniesta, leading to suggestions that he could seek a move away from the club if his first-team prospects don't improve.

However, Turan has moved to dispel such notions, claiming he is fully committed to Barca.

"When I felt any doubt, I just thought about my childhood, because Barcelona is my dream club," he said.

"To wear this shirt, to become friends with Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar…I have good reasons to be patient.

"I have been playing 40 to 50 games every season for a long time," he added. "So I spared some time just for myself.

"There were a couple of books I'd been meaning to read, and Luis Enrique sometimes gave me three or four days off to get out and learn the city."

Turan has been linked with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City ahead of the off-season transfer window, while speculation is rife Barcelona are planning to bolster their midfield options.

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