Manchester United target Koke flattered by interest from Barcelona and beyond
Manchester United target Koke has admitted that he is flattered by the interest shown in him by Europe’s top clubs, but has told reporters that he is very happy at current side Atletico Madrid.
New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been linked with a move for Koke, with the Red Devils reportedly ready to meet the Spain international’s £38m buy-out clause but they are believed to face competition from Catalan giants Barcelona.
Koke, named in the final 23 of Vincent del Bosque’s Spain World Cup squad today, has had a breakthrough season for Atletico, helping the capital side almost achieve a league and European double. Atletico lost out to city rivals Real in the Champions League final but won La Liga thanks to a 1-1 last day draw with Barcelona.
Such a good season has seen a number of clubs linked with raids for their star players, including Diego Costa, Juanfran and Felipe Luis, but while Koke admits that links with big clubs are nice he insisted to reporters that he is happy in Madrid.
“I have a long contract, I’m very happy. I’m proud to have important clubs interested in me, but I’m very happy here,” he told Spanish newspaper Marca.
“Right now I’m thinking as an Atletico player, I have the World Cup and I’m thinking of the present, not of the future.
“I got up this morning and several friends called me. On Saturday I’ll be with the international coach, I’m not thinking of anything else.
“We had a spectacular season and there are important clubs who have come for our players. [Atletico's CEO] Miguel Angel [Gil Marin] has already said we don’t need to sell anyone.
“They are going to try to maintain this and to build a beautiful project.”
Koke created more chances (67) than any Manchester United player last season.