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Thomas Partey reacts to Manchester United and Arsenal transfer speculation

Arsenal still have their most important match of the season left to pay, but it appears Unai Emery is already turning his mind towards the summer transfer market. He was spotted attending Saturday’s La Liga match between Levante and Atletico Madrid.

According to reports in Spain, Partey’s agent has been in talks with Premier League clubs Manchester United and Arsenal about a potential deal this summer.

And the 25-year-old is available due to a €50 million (£44m) release clause in his contract with Atletico.

Partney, meanwhile, has broken his silence on the rumours and told the BBC: “It’s hard for me to talk about transfers because the next minute it will be like ‘Thomas is trying to leave’ but for me playing football is what makes me happy.  I keep saying I am lucky to be at this level now because I know people who play harder and worker harder than me but are nowhere close to being here.

“I don’t know what the future holds for me but as long as I play and they are happy with me here then there is no need flirting with others. So the only thing that would make me unhappy will be not playing. I think most footballers can understand that not playing is the greatest torture any professional footballer can go through.”

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