Thomas Partey’s father has revealed that the player wants to move to England amid ongoing reports that Arsenal and Manchester United want to sign him.
Just last month it was reported that Unai Emery was personally scouting the 25-year-old defensive midfielder. This prompted the player to confirm that he was indeed happy in Spain.
Now, however, his father has admitted the player would like to move to England.
“I personally told him to move on, if he is not wanted at where he is right now,” Hon Adjiingo told Enigye FM.
“Because he might be wanted at somewhere else and so he will like to move to England if he gets the chance.”
However, Partey himself had a slightly different line.
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 is getting game time for Atletico, but does he feel he’s playing enough? He featured in 42 of their 51 games last season, averaging just under 65 minutes per game.