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Atletico Madrid: Arda Turan happy to stay and relishing Galatasaray friendly

Atletico Madrid's Turkish midfielder Arda Turan eyes the ball during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Levante UD at the Vicente
Image: Arda Turan: Will play for Atletico against Galatasaray

Arda Turan has said he is more than happy to stay at Atletico Madrid, as they prepare to face Galatasaray on Wednesday.

The Turkey international winger is set to be part of the Atletico team that takes on his former club Gala in an LFP World Challenge pre-season friendly in Izmir (live coverage on Sky Sports 1HD from 6.55pm BST) in aid of the families of the victims of May's Soma mining disaster, which claimed 301 lives.

Arda has been linked with Manchester United in recent days, with reports suggesting he could trade places with the Red Devils' Japan attacker Shinji Kagawa.

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However, speaking at a pre-match press conference, the 27-year-old has said he is only focused on helping Atletico defend their Spanish league title.

"I'm with the best club in Spain," said Arda. "I’m part of this system."

Atletico coach Diego Simeone has already batted away talk of any swap deals involving the player, and said: "Arda is vital for us, due to his technical ability and his work ethic. He has grown a lot.

"He has natural talent and continues to be someone who makes a difference to the team."

Atletico are building up to their two-legged Supercopa clash with city rivals Real, to be played on 19 and 22 August.

Arda is vital for us, due to his technical ability and his work ethic. He has grown a lot.
Diego Simeone

Arda added: "For us, facing Galatasaray is a very important game and we have to win all we have left before the Supercopa de Espana against Real Madrid."

The Atletico squad has undergone a major overhaul this summer, with Diego Costa and David Villa the most high-profile departures.

Slovenia goalkeeper Jan Oblak, 21, has arrived from Benfica to replace Thibaut Courtois after the Belgian returned to Chelsea from his loan spell.

In defence, Brazilian left-back Guilherme Siqueira - who was on loan at Benfica from Granada last season - is a key signing due to Filipe Luis being sold to Jose Mourinho's Blues.

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Argentina defender Cristian Ansaldi has been brought in from Zenit St Petersburg for the season, while in attack, France winger Antoine Griezmann and Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic have been recruited from Real Sociedad and Bayern Munich respectively.

Following Italy's disappointing World Cup campaign, Cesare Prandelli has replaced his fellow countryman Roberto Mancini at the Galatasaray helm.

So far this summer, the future of Wesley Sneijder has been the main topic of conversation for the Istanbul club but Prandelli has insisted the 30-year-old Holland midfielder is staying put at the Ali Sami Yen.

Watch Atletico Madrid's friendly against Galatasaray live on Sky Sports 1HD on Wednesday night, with coverage underway from 6.55pm BST.

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