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Atletico Madrid warn interested clubs that Koke isn't leaving

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Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo is confident Koke will remain at the club next season regardless of who makes a transfer bid.

The Spanish playmaker is one of the most sought after talents in Europe after a stellar season in the heart of Atletico's midfield and, as a result, a number of big clubs have been linked with a move.

Manchester United have been more heavily linked in recent weeks with El Confidencial claiming Louis van Gaal was ready to launch a bid despite the fact the player's clause is a hefty €60m.

It wasn't long after Manchester United's interest became apparent that Chelsea and Barcelona became involved. But regardless of who is interested, Cerezo is confident of keeping the player at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

"He is our player and he will continue with us. They know that very well," he told Foro Nuevo Murcia when asked about interested clubs.

"We are not a selling club. We are a stable club. And I insist: Koke wants to play for Atletico, he is our franchise player and will continue a Rojiblanco. There's nothing else to add."

Chelsea look to have acquiesced on Koke and look close to signing Cesc Fabregas instead with Jose Mourinho understanding Koke's reluctance to leave, combined with Atletico's reluctance to sell, would make any transfer bid a waste of time.

Barcelona were thought to be considering a move for Koke to replace Fabregas and were also linked with a bid to sign Miranda, as were Manchester United. However, Cerezo is equally confident of keeping the defender.

"It's very hard today to find a defensive pairing like Miranda and [Diego] Godin, almost impossible. I believe that, as with Koke, they will continue here," he said.

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