Thomas Partey leaves options open on next move

Author: Daily Mail
In demand: Thomas Partey

Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey has not ruled out a move away from the club this summer.

The Ghanaian international is reportedly being monitored by both Manchester United and Arsenal following an impressive campaign with the La Liga side.

The 25-year-old, who has a minimum fee release clause of £43.5 million (€50 million) according to his agent Jose Daniel Jimenez Pozanco, is also being watched by Inter and Partey conceded that he is aware of speculation surrounding his future.

While reluctant to talk about his future, he refused to rule out a summer departure. He told BBC Sport: "It's hard for me to talk about transfers because the next minute it will be like 'Thomas is trying to leave' but for me playing football is what makes me happy.

"I keep saying I am lucky to be at this level now because I know people who play harder and work harder than me but are nowhere close to being here.

"I don't know what the future holds for me but as long as I play and they are happy with me here then there is no need flirting with others.

"So the only thing that would make me unhappy will be not playing. I think most footballers can understand that not playing is the greatest torture any professional footballer can go through."

Partey has become an integral part of Diego Simeone's side

Partey has made 42 appearances for Diego Simeone's side, building on 50 he accrued last term in all competitions.

Normally deployed at the base of midfield, Partey is due to link up with the Ghana squad for next month's African Cup of Nations in Egypt.

The Black Stars are hoping to win their first AFCON title since 1982, having suffered two heartbreaking penalty shoot-out defeats to Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast more recently in 2015 and 2010 respectively.

Partey's side face Benin in their first Group F match on June 25, before taking on Camerouon and Guinea-Bissau.