Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey has stated his intention to stay at the Spanish club despite having been linked with a move away from the Wanda Metropolitano.
The Ghanaian international is reportedly interesting the likes of Arsenal, PSG, Manchester City and Manchester United but the 25-year-old has said he is keen on remaining at Atletico:
“I’ve grown up in Atleti and I am sure I will stay here. I don’t know of another place that will understand how I play like they do here.”
Partey came through the academy at Atletico before making his debut for the first team under manager Diego Simeone in November 2015.
Reports last year had suggested that he had become unsettled due to a lack of game time. However, since then, the midfielder has been used more regularly having now started 24 times in all competitions this season.
Partey’s buyout fee is said to be €50m (£43m) so if Atletico are unwilling to sell, it’s highly unlikely that Arsenal would have the funds to trigger his clause.
Considering that the Gunners are well stocked in the holding midfield role that the Ghanaian plays in, it does seem that this transfer was never a likely one in the first place.