Atletico Madrid boss 'happy' with interest in Man United target

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has responded to reports of interest in Koke by claiming it makes him 'happy' to learn other sides are keen to recruit is best players. Manchester United have been linked with the young midfielder.

Koke has scored four goals and provided eight assists this season to propel Atletico to second in La Liga, behind leaders and reigning champions Barcelona only on goal difference, and the 21-year-old's performances have led to intense speculation about his future.

Manchester United are the most prominent club to have been credited with interest in the Spaniard as David Moyes strives to recruit creative reinforcements in midfield. A bid of €60 million would reportedly be enough to bring Koke to Old Trafford.

Simeone, meanwhile, believes the supposed interest in Koke and other players - namely Diego Costa - is a compliment to Atletico, although he adds that the young Spain international remains a large part of his future plans.

"It makes me happy when a lot of teams are interested in our players," Simeone told AS.

"That speaks well for the club and our capabilities. [Koke] is an important footballer for his characteristics for the future."

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