The Turkish winger is thrilled that he will have the opportunity to play in Europe and revealed he would not jump at the chance to join the Copa Del Rey holdersAtletico Madrid signing Arda Turan has revealed he would not trade his new club for an opportunity at Real Madrid.
The Turkey international is set to join Atletico in a deal worth €12 million after spending seven years in the ranks of Galatasaray.
Turkish duo Nuri Sahin and Hamit Altintop have joined Real Madrid in the summer, but Turan stressed he would not be happier at the Santiago Bernabeu with his countrymen.
"Real Madrid did not make any offer for me, but even if they did, I would prefer Atletico," Turan said at a press conference.
"I know I will be part of Atletico's team and that their fans are really good, similar to Galatasaray's."
The 24-year-old winger noted that the possibility of competing in the Europa League played a key role in his decision to switch sides and was full of praise for his new club.
"I wanted to play in Europe. Atletico are one of the best clubs in Europe and I will gladly join them, because they have put all their trust in me."
Upon landing in the Spanish capital, where he will undergo a medical on Friday before being officially unveiled by the club, Turan said: "I'm so happy to arrive in Spain. Atletico Madrid are a very big club."