Thomas Partey

Black Stars coach Charles Akonnor has urged Thomas Partey to snub Arsenal’s advances and stay at Atletico Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to Premier League club this summer.

Arsenal have had two bids for the holding midfielder rejected by Atletico Madrid, but the Gunners remain confident of landing their number one target.

Akonnor urges Arsenal target Partey to stay at Atletico
Charles Akonnor was appointed as Black Stars in January 2020

“Honestly, I wouldn’t want him to move to Arsenal because with Atletico, he will always play Champions League football. His position is guaranteed and he will always play,” Akonnor said in an interview with Starr FM.

“With Arsenal, I’m not too sure,” Akonnor said before remarking, “Arsenal fans will kill me [for saying he should not join the gunners].”

“I hope that and I’m sure money issues will come in, but I hope that whatever he asks for, Atletico will be able to pay,” he concluded.

Partey has been a key player for Diego Simeone’s men, since breaking into the first team in 2015. The club are desperate to keep Partey, who has two years to run on his current deal.

Partey is expected to feature for Atletico in Thursday’s night Champions League quarter-final clash against RB Leipzig in Lisbon.



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