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Barcelona and Chelsea are both ready to battle it out for Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, it has been reported.

Barca see the 22-year-old as a possible replacement for the departing Cesc Fabregas, but Chelsea are also looking to bring the playmaker to Stamford Bridge as Jose Mourinho looks to strengthen his squad.

Koke, who has been linked several times with Manchester United, has been Atletico for his whole career and has played a key role in his team's successful season in which they beat both city-rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona to the Spanish title. They also reached the Champions League final, beating Barcelona and Chelsea on the way and harshly losing to Real 4-1.

The midfielder only agreed a contract extension with Atletico in January, a contract that should keep him at the club until 2018. He has told Spanish newspaper Marca that he is content at the club, despite being flattered by both teams' interest.

He said: "I still haven't had time to read what has come out. I am on holiday and I plan to disconnect.

"Barcelona is one of the best teams in the world and that they are interested in you means that you must be doing something right. That is very nice for a footballer.

"In any case, I only think about keeping working. I want to stay here and everyone knows it. I see myself at Atletico next season."

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