Reported Arsenal target Thomas Partey has been praised by Freddie Kanoute, who hopes the Ghana ace remains in La Liga (Goal.com).
The Telegraph reported in May that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is interested in signing the Atletico Madrid midfielder, who in turn would be open to a move to the Emirates Stadium this summer.
The 26-year-old has come through the ranks at Atletico and has made 174 competitive senior appearances, registering 15 goals and 12 assists.
He has helped Los Colchoneros win the 2017-18 Europa League and the 2018 UEFA Super Cup.
Spanish football expert Balague recently claimed during a Q&A session on his official YouTube channel that Atletico want Partey to sign a new deal to remove his estimated £45million release clause – but the player is seemingly refusing to sign.
Kanoute, who was named African Footballer of the Year in 2007 and spent the bulk of his career at West Ham, Tottenham Hotspur and Sevilla, hopes Partey remains in La Liga.
“There are a few exciting [African] players in La Liga in my opinion,” former Mali international Kanoute told Goal.com during a La Liga conference on Wednesday.
“I really like Thomas of Atletico Madrid. He’s a player who is going to keep improving, and there have even been rumours of him leaving to other clubs. We hope to keep him in La Liga as long as possible.”
Partey is a player of the highest calibre, a key member of the Atletico side which knocked current Champions League holders Liverpool out of the competition at the last 16 stage.
A no-nonsense defensive midfielder, his reputation is growing across European football, and he’s shown he can impress on the elite stage.
Partey usually sits in a deeper midfield role in front of the back four and is an expert at breaking up play with his aggressive tackling and reading of the game, something Arsenal really could do with.