Arda Turan looks set to stay at Atletico Madrid this summer, with the player's agent having confirmed his client's happiness at the Vicente Calderon and claimed that he is not thinking of moving on.
Like many of his club teammates, midfielder Turan has had to contend with all manner of transfer speculation this summer, with Manchester United reported to continue to hold a longstanding interest in his signature.
Premier League rivals Liverpool have also been said to be pondering an enticing £32 million bid to activate the 27-year-old's release clause, but it looks like both clubs - along with any other potential suitors - will have to cross him off their list of targets for the rest of the current transfer window.
"Arda is training with his team. We aren't thinking about leaving right now, he is happy at Atletico Madrid," Turan's agent, Ahmet Bulut, was quoted by The Daily Express.
The apparent insinuation that the player is set to remain with Los Rojiblancos must be regarded as a major positive of a somewhat uncertain spell for the club, with their outstanding 2013/14 success having led to huge interest in a number of Diego Simeone's most-prized assets.
The loss of experienced striker David Villa and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois - the latter was only on loan at Atletico - along with Chelsea's purchase of Diego Costa and imminent deal for Filipe Luis has cast somewhat of a shadow on Atletico's surprise La Liga title triumph, although Simeone will be buoyed by the commitment demonstrated by Turan and Spanish starlet Koke as well as the signing of Croatian Mario Mandzukic
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In a summer where Manchester United are being linked with just about every reputable or promising player in Europe's top divisions and beyond, it is becoming increasingly difficult to decipher which rumours are genuine and which are pure fantasy.
However, with new Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal expected to be on the lookout for a driven and determined midfielder in the coming weeks who is also competent and exciting in possession, it is easy to see how Turan could have made a positive impact at Old Trafford.
Liverpool may also have benefitted strongly from adding a player of Turan's caliber and passion to their ranks ahead of a return to Champions League football.
The loss of Luis Suarez - who joined Barcelona last week following his latest incident of unbelievable controversy - will obviously radically reduce Brendan Rodgers' quality in the final third and Liverpool will need to ensure that this is fully addressed before the new campaign gets underway next month.
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