Manchester United and Barcelona have both been hit with a blow in their respective bids to sign Atletico Madrid star Koke, after the midfielder refuted suggestions that he was looking to leave the Vicente Calderon stadium this summer.
Portuguese newspaper A Bola relay quotes from the 23-year-old which confirm that he would be happy to remain under the tutelage of Diego Simeone, despite increasing rumours that both United and Barca would be prepared to offer the €60million needed to activate his release clause. The young Spaniard was a pivotal figure in Atletico’s charge to both the La Liga title and Champions League final this campaign, and his influence in midfield hasn’t gone unnoticed by the top clubs looking to install creative brilliance into their squads.
However, according to A Bola, Koke himself isn’t in any hurry to leave his current side, and even went as far as to state that he was very happy with his long-term contract there.
“This is my home,” he said.
“I grew up at Atletico and I am happy. I have a long-term contract and I'm very happy. But I do take pride when big clubs are interested in me.
“I'm an Atletico player, I now have a World Cup and I only think in the present, not the future."
The Spain international is all set to play a part in Brazil, and could further increase his stock if he impresses there. The chances are that both Louis van Gaal and Luis Enrique will look to try and make him a figurehead in their respective rebuilding processes upon his return to the club scene, but for now it looks as thought the chances of him moving are unlikely at best.