Koke would discuss Atletico exit if club needed to sell

by Sam Peoples

Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has opened up the possibility of a move to Manchester United after suggesting he would leave Los Colchoneros if the club needed to sell.

There were reports Man United had tried to sign Koke during David Moyes’ time in charge but the Spaniard rejected the rumours and signed an improved deal at Atletico, which saw his release clause increase to €60m.

The 23-year-old has made it clear he is happy at Atletico at the moment but given a longstanding track record of selling their best players in order to balance the books, Koke has not ruled out a move if the club needs it.

Speaking about his future, Koke said: ”Hopefully the team keeps growing and gaining things. It may never come [Man United or Barcelona move] but if the club needs to sell, like with Torres, we would speak. (Now) The club does not need me to go and I don’t want to go.”

Koke enjoyed a fine season last year as Atletico won La Liga and reached the Champions League final. United have since signed Daley Blind and Ander Herrera to give themselves options in midfield, but Koke’s presence would lift any squad as he is a world-class talent.

The club have already shown they are willing to spend big on a player following the acquisition of Angel di Maria for £59m and with Kevin Strootman now injured for the rest of the season having suffered a relapse with his knee injury, Louis van Gaal will more than likely be looking at other potential signings.

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