Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has ruled out an exit from the club this summer and insisted he wants to stay at Atletico because it is where he considers home.
The 22-year-old has spent his entire career with Atletico, just like David de Gea did before he moved to Manchester United, and this season has seen him become one of La Liga’s most promising young midfielders.
Manchester United were strongly linked with a move for him and David Moyes personally watched him in action in Spain but when asked if he saw himself staying at Atletico for his whole career, Koke admitted he was open to the idea.
“Maybe, why not? I have a long contract and I want to see it through because Atleti is my home,” Koke said according to Football Espana.
“We’re doing big things as a team in a very nice project and hopefully I can be here for many years.
“The team is making history and hopefully it lasts many years because what we are achieving is very good.”
Koke is expected to go to the World Cup with Spain this summer and at 22, he is already an extremely established midfielder – certainly somebody who would have strengthened Manchester United’s midfield dramatically.
However, much like the pursuit of Cesc Fabregas, it was always going to be difficult to lure Koke away from Atletico given how well their season has gone and it sounds like a move is now completely off the cards. De Gea will have to settle for just one Spanish compatriot in Juan Mata (for now at least).