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Why Thomas Partey ‘s Move From Atletico Madrid To Arsenal Got Messy



download 1 1 Why Thomas Partey 's Move From Atletico Madrid To Arsenal Got Messy

As soon as Thomas Partey was confirmed as an Arsenal player late on transfer deadline day, the blame campaign began.
Atletico Madrid were upset because they claim the Premier League club did not make a courtesy call to let them know they were willing to pay the Ghana midfielder’s 50m euros (£45m) buyout clause.
The Gunners had wanted to negotiate a fee for the 27-year-old throughout the window but Atletico were unwilling to enter discussions, as they had no interest in accepting an offer for him.
It was not an obligation for Arsenal to get in touch on deadline day, of course, as all they had to do was deposit a cheque for that value in the offices of La Liga, which they did in the last hour of the transfer window on Monday.
Having recently been in discussions with them to agree a loan deal for Lucas Torreira, however, the Spanish club expected more of the Gunners, but they finally found out about it via La Liga once the deposit had been made.
In reality, they were well aware this had been more than just a possibility.
Why? Because the negotiations for a new contract with Partey had broken down a long time ago.
Atletico offered 3.5m euros net per year before the coronavirus pandemic, but that was rejected. And after football resumed the message from the club was that they could not afford even that.
The fact is that Partey felt he had been badly treated by Atletico. He was the worst-paid player in the squad, with a modest 1.8m euros net per year, and he felt he deserved more, considering that by the summer he had played at least 42 games over the previous three seasons.
Atletico are, in reality, more upset with him than they are with Arsenal.
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The allegedly “irreparable” relationship with the English club will be forgotten once new business has to be done between the two parties.
But Atletico feel that after nine years in Madrid, five in the first team, it was unacceptable for Partey to arrange a medical in Madrid without telling his club and, basically, to leave without a proper send-off.
The player was advised that his departure was not going to be followed by a homage, so he resolved to do everything quietly. Plus, Atletico got 50m euros, which is more than welcome in a time of huge difficulties for them.
Atletico manager Diego Simeone will not forget, though.
He feels he has done a lot for the player, giving him the confidence he needed at a time when media and fans were unsure of what he could add to the team.
Partey has humbly accepted whatever advice Simeone has given him in the past and his coach has certainly improved the player.
In recent weeks, the message Simeone got from him was that he was going to stay.
But to understand why Partey told him that, I refer you back to the contractual situation and the suggestion that, however he left, he was not going to be seen as a hero. Quite the contrary.

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Real Madrid ‘should never have let Cristiano Ronaldo leave for Juventus’



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Cristiano Ronaldo is a “machine of sacrifice” who should never have been allowed to leave Real Madrid, according to Shakhtar Donetsk head coach Luis Castro.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner scored a club-record 450 goals for Madrid and won 15 trophies during his nine years in the Spanish capital.

He left for Juventus in a mega-money deal in July 2018 and has maintained his impressive form with 68 goals in all competitions, helping his side to successive Serie A titles.

That includes a return of a combined 69 goals and assists in the Italian top flight since the start of 2018-19 – two more than next best Ciro Immobile at Lazio.

Ahead of Shakhtar’s Champions League Group B opener with Madrid on Wednesday, Castro has questioned the LaLiga giants’ decision to let the superstar forward depart.

“When you have Cristiano on your team you should never let him go. Never,” he told Marca.World’s greatest
“We are talking about the best, the most effective footballer in the world, a machine, a machine of sacrifice.”

Ronaldo was crowned the world’s best player five times at Madrid and once during his spell with Manchester United, where he spent six seasons after joining from Sporting CP.

And Castro argued the Portugal international has done enough throughout his career to rightly be considered the greatest player to have ever played the game.

“I do not like to compare. But yes, for me he is the best,” Castro said. “Cristiano has a story behind him that is exemplary.

“He moved at just 11 years of age to Lisbon to be a footballer, leaving his home. Cristiano is someone that has risen alone, with a unique determination.

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Man United leave Harry Maguire and Edinson Cavani at home for PSG clash



images 32 4 Man United leave Harry Maguire and Edinson Cavani at home for PSG clash

The 33-year-old did not travel to the French capital with the first-team squad on Monday and is expected to continue training back at the club’s Carrington base this week.

There are reports claiming that the Uruguayan could still make his own way to Paris for the match but it appears unlikely considering he was not at Manchester airport.Club captain Harry Maguire also did not travel with the group despite starring and scoring in the Red Devils’ 4-1 win over Newcastle at the weekend.

There were hopes Cavani could make his United debut at the ground where he became PSG’s all-time leading scorer and fans’ favourite during a seven-year career in France.

However, Cavani may not have to wait until the weekend to make his first appearance for the club, when they welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford.

PSG boss Thomas Tuchel believes Cavani is still one of the best strikers in world football but played down any significance of a potential return for the Uruguayan.Cavani left the club as a free agent in the summer – missing PSG’s run to the Champions League final – and joined United on deadline day.

He has been in quarantine for the last two weeks and only trained with his new team-mates twice.

‘He lives for goals and scoring,’ said Tuchel. ‘When he has the confidence, he is one of the best No 9s in world football. If you play for so long in a club like ours and have such a connection with the fans, you have character and he deserves the appreciation.

‘He will be there in training from the first until the last minute, and in the game from the first second until the last second. On the player’s departure after refusing to sign a contract extension to he could play in the latter stages of the Champions League in Portugal, Tuchel played down suggestions that Cavani will have a point to prove.

‘I was hoping obviously to play in Portugal with everybody in my squad. It wasn’t just my team other teams had their issues,’ he added.

‘It wasn’t just Edi. Covid made the whole situation really complicated and this was for many teams not just us.

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Former Blues striker believes Kepa is now the third choice keeper at Chelsea



images 31 4 Former Blues striker believes Kepa is now the third choice keeper at Chelsea

The £72million stopper was signed from Athletic Bilbao two years ago and was intended to become the club’s long-term No 1.

Initially it looked as though Chelsea had replaced former keeper Thibaut Courtois with someone of similar standing, although there have always been questions asked about the Spain international’s ability and character.

Blues boss Frank Lampard dropped Kepa at times last season and signed Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy in the summer to remedy the situation.

Due to Mendy’s recent injury he has had to rely on Kepa once more, with the 26-year-old starting in their 3-3 draw with Southampton on Saturday.

It was a poor display at the back from Chelsea as they chucked away a 2-0 and then 3-2 lead to draw with the Saints.

Kepa had another poor afternoon and was at fault for Che Adams’ goal after rushing out and failing to claim the ball.Cascarino who made 40 appearances for Chelsea between 1992-94 believes his latest gaffe will see the Spaniard move down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

The former Blues forward told : ‘He’s gone from No 1 to No 2 goalkeeper, and after (the Southampton) performance he’s probably No 3 now.

‘He won’t even make the bench now as (Willy) Caballero will be No 2.

‘I’m a bit surprised (Lampard) chose to play Kepa; he doesn’t fancy Kepa and it’s obvious.’Caballero has done very little wrong, but because they’ve paid such a high fee for a player they need to justify playing him to give him an opportunity to perform.’

Former Manchester City keeper Caballero was Kepa’s understudy last season and has proved himself to be adequate back-up, however at the age of 39 he is unlikely to feature regularly for the Blues.

Frank Lampard will be concerned his side’s defensive frailties will cost them this season, the draw with Southampton was already the second time in five league fixtures that Chelsea have conceded three goals in a game.

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