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Thomas Partey has been told to stay away from Arsenal this summer.
The Atletico Madrid midfielder has made his name as one of the most consistent defensive midfielders in Europe in recent seasons, and has previously mentioned his desire to play in the Premier League.
The 27-year-old is a regular starter under Diego Simeone, playing in the Champions League in each of the last five seasons, reaching the final in 2015/16.
Despite the Gunners showing signs of improvement under new boss Mikel Arteta, their failure to qualify for Europe’s premier competition should put off Ghana international Partey.
That is the view of Ghana coach Charles Akonnor, who recently stepped into the top job having previously been an assistant.
"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," he said according to the Mirror.
"With Arsenal, I’m not too sure. Arsenal fans will kill me [for saying he shouldn’t move].
“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."
Partey's father, Jacob, opened up on his son’s plans for the future earlier this year, stating that Arsenal are not the only club to have shown interest.
“My son’s current club Atletico Madrid has a release clause in Partey’s deal,” Jacob told SilverFM.
“This means that any club which shows interest in signing him must meet those demands.
“So any team which meets Atletico’s demand will be able to sign my son and not specifically Arsenal as rumoured in a section of the media. I always call my son and he is of age to decide on a move… I am ready to support his decision.”
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"At the moment, I am happy at my club," Thomas told ESPN when asked about his future before the current season.
"But in football, you never know when and where you'll be in the next day or year
“The Premier League is a good league, it’s very competitive and has some of the best players in the world.”
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