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Arda extends Atletico deal to 2017

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Arda extends Atletico deal to 2017

Atletico Madrid confirmed that attacker Arda Turan has signed a three-year contract extension with the club, keeping him at the Vicente Calderon until 2017.

The Turkey international joined Atleti in 2011 from Galatasaray for around 13 million euros and has since established himself as a key member of Diego Simeone's squad, clocking up 93 appearances and scoring 12 times for the Rojiblancos.

And Turan, who netted in the 3-1 victory over Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League Group G game on Wednesday, expressed his delight at extending his stay in the Spanish capital, describing the club as a "big family".

"I feel very happy to have extended my contract with Atletico," he told the club's official website.

"After two years with the Atletico shirt, I feel like part of the family, which is this club. I am happy the club want me to continue, it is thanks to my colleagues for all that we are achieving together.

"Not only do I have to thank my teammates, but the directors and all those who work at the club, because all of us are in this big family."

The 26-year-old is the fifth player that the club has tied up to a long-term deal in the space of 14 days, with Juanfran, Koke, Oliver Torres and Javier Manquillo all signing new contracts at the Vicente Calderon.

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