Atletico Madrid boss reacts to Thomas Partey’s transfer to Arsenal

Atletico Madrid head-coach Diego Simeone insists he has no hard feelings with the fact that Thomas Partey made a switch to Arsenal after Premier League giants activated his release clause.

The 27-year-old midfielder was a stunning deadline-day coup for the Gunners, costing £45million.

Mikel Arteta has lavished praise on Arsenal superiors for pulling the deal off, with the Ghana Internationale the latest in a string of Atletico stars to leaving the club after release clause has been activated.

Indeed, Lucas Hernandez back in 2019 joined Bayern Munich while their leader Antoine Griezmann and Rodri have also left the Wandametropolitano in the similar situations.

Previous reports suggested Simeone was furious at the Emirates Stadium for securing the services of Thomas Partey. however, speaking in Friday’s press conference, the Argentine claims he can hold no grudges.

“I keep thinking Lucas’ exit was very important,” Simeone said (via Goal). “He was a boy from the academy, with a lot of strength and a future, as we see with his national team, but we can’t give many opinions against situations involving these clauses.

“Everything that happens to the boys who gave me a lot of things at the club makes me happy. Thomas is a boy I remember from when he played in the B team with Saul [Niguez].

“We started to bring him up, it took a lot out of him, he went to Almeria and it was difficult for him to find stability in the club. He’s an incredible player and we wish him the best.”