Atletico Madrid are offended with Thomas Partey for the best way his last-minute deadline day transfer to Arsenal was performed, sources have informed ESPN.
Partey, 27, joined the Premier League membership on Monday evening after they paid his €50 million buyout clause.
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Atletico mentioned they had been knowledgeable by La Liga at 11.28 p.m. Spanish time — simply over half an hour earlier than the switch window closed — that Arsenal’s representatives had been at their Madrid headquarters that night to train the participant’s launch clause.
Sources informed ESPN that Atletico had been “resigned” to Arsenal’s actions moderately than being upset by them.
The membership had been conscious there might be some late motion out there, and coach Diego Simeone admitted on Saturday that the membership had been “apprehensive” about “unhealthy surprises, which might all the time occur in soccer,” forward of deadline day.
ESPN reported in August that Atletico had been involved about having to exchange, or cope with out, certainly one of their largest stars — corresponding to midfielder Partey or goalkeeper Jan Oblak — if a membership paid their buyout clause this summer season.
That led to an air of acceptance on the membership’s workplaces on Monday when the information broke, and a realisation that there was nothing they might do about it.
A 12 months earlier, Atletico had misplaced Antoine Griezmann, Rodri Hernandez and Lucas Hernandez in related circumstances.
The distinction in Partey’s case is that the departure got here within the ultimate minutes of the window, though Spanish guidelines give them an additional month to discover a alternative, so long as that participant comes from inside La Liga.
Nonetheless Atletico had been unimpressed with Partey’s willingness to go away a membership the place he’d spent eight years — being seen as akin to an academy product after becoming a member of as an adolescent in 2012 — on this method, placing them in a tough place.
Partey broke into the primary staff in 2015, and have become a key participant over the previous three seasons, however remained one of many worst-paid members of the first-team squad, regardless of being among the many finest performers.
The membership had supplied Partey a brand new improved contract earlier this 12 months earlier than the coronavirus pandemic, which he rejected.
He was later supplied a diminished deal within the new monetary atmosphere, with Atletico determined to extend his buyout clause to a determine extra reflective of his market worth.
That supply was ignored and Partey went on to be linked to Arsenal all through the summer season.
Atletico maintained that no formal bids had been made, with the Gunners reluctant to pay the total worth of his clause and Atletico refusing to barter, till Monday’s dramatic late-night conclusion.
Afterward Tuesday, Atletico full-back Kieran Trippier tipped his former teammate to adapt rapidly to the Premier League.
“He is unbelievable, his physicality, how he breaks up play. Technically he is obtained all the pieces. He ranks as among the best midfielders I’ve performed with,” he mentioned. “He speaks excellent English. I do not assume he’d have an issue with the Premier League.”