Arda Turan leaves Barcelona on loan, joins Istanbul Basaksehir

Turan leaves Barcelona after two-and-a-half seasons at the club

The Turkey midfielder has two and a half years remaining on his contract at the Nou Camp, but the 30-year-old will instead see out his deal in Istanbul.

Barcelona have officially confirmed that Arda Turan will be loaned to Basaksehir in a deal that sees the Turkey worldwide join the club until 2020.

Arda leaves the Catalan club after 55 appearances, scoring 15 goals and winning nine trophies.

'During this period Barca reserve the right to transfer the player to a club belonging to UEFA, and will receive a variable fee according to his performances, ' said the Barca statement.

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Barca's club-record purchase of Philippe Coutinho further diminished his chances of regular first-team football and Arda opted for a return to Turkey, having previously won the domestic title in his home country during his time at Galatasaray.

Turkey global Turan moved to the Camp Nou from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2015, but Barca's transfer embargo meant he was prevented from registering for the club until January 1, 2016.

Turkey's fourth-most capped player will also be hoping to return to his best for the national team after reversing his decision to retire from worldwide football in August.

Turan had not made a single appearance for the current La Liga leaders this term after he was seemingly frozen out of the senior set up by first-team head coach Ernesto Valverde.

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