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Confirmed: Chelsea open talks with Galatasaray over transfer of attacking midfielder


Chelsea will sell attacking midfielder Marko Marin to Galatasaray, Yeni Safak has confirmed.

There is no place for the 27-year-old, who spent this season on loan at Trabzonspor, in Antonio Conte's squad.

At the start of the year, the German admitted that a return to Chelsea was very unlikely.

"It's difficult [to return]," he was quoted as saying by ESPN.

"You not only need a few good matches at Trabzonspor, but a very strong year. You never know, but right now it does not look like [a Chelsea return] it.

"I personally thought that it's about time to make the next step [when I left].

"I joined Chelsea and the pre-season was super, until I sustained an injury. [I got] a muscle bundle tear [and was] out for three months. That makes it difficult... I have learned a lot [in Turkey], and have never rued making this step.

"My career only starts now. I am in the best age for a footballer.

"I have collected a lot of experience, lived in London, Seville, Florence, Brussels, got to know many new languages and leagues. I could have left for the UAE last summer but I want to show my worth in Europe, and I am on a good path."

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