Midfield star Koke insists that he isn’t looking to leave the Spanish capital this summer.
Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, reportedly a target for Premier League sides Manchester United and Chelsea, has insisted that his future lies at the Vicente Calderon, according to the Daily Express.
The 22 year-old deep-lying playmaker has developed into one of Europe’s most in-demand footballers, but he appears to have pledged his immediate future to Diego Simeone’s La Liga champions.
Koke, who was born in Madrid and has spent his entire career with Atletico, typifies the approach that Simeone has installed in his players, with creativity backed up by hard work and the willingness to keep defensive shape.
Simeone has seen his squad begin to be broken up by Europe’s bigger clubs, but Koke insists that he won’t be following the likes of Diego Costa, who looks set to leave the club:
“My future is with Atletico. I am happy in my club and now I have a deal and do not think about an exit.”
The news may come as a blow to Manchester United, as Louis van Gaal continues to have mixed success with his attempts to see a world class midfielder arrive at Old Trafford to coincide with him starting the job of rebuilding the Red Devils.
Chelsea, the other club heavily linked with a move for Koke, will be less concerned, however, having announced the signing of the Spaniard’s international teammate Cesc Fabregas.