Koke reveals reasons behind decision to snub Atletico Madrid exit

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Koke has revealed the reasons behind his decision to resist the possibility of a transfer and continue to pledge his future to Atletico Madrid.

As reported by talkSPORT, the budding Spanish international was once again a target for Premier League rivals Manchester United and Liverpool this summer as both endeavoured to strengthen their respective midfield options ahead of the new campaign.

No move eventually transpired, however, and Koke - who extended his contract at the Vicente Calderon until 2019 back in June and has also attracted strong interest from Barcelona and Chelsea - appeared happy to remain at Atletico following such a prosperous campaign under the impressive if somewhat volatile leadership of the fiery Diego Simeone.

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Koke commitment

"Atletico is my home, it's my life," he said.

"I decided to stay to enjoy one of the best moments in the history of this club. The club did not need to sell and I did not want to leave."

In what was a notably difficult transfer window for Atletico that resulted in them losing several key first-team assets in the form of David Villa, Filipe Luis and Diego Costa, Koke's honesty commitment to the cause is mature and refreshing.

The 22-year-old was an integral figure during Atletico's 2013/14 La Liga title triumph and impressive run to the Champions League final, making a total of 51 appearances in all competitions.

Koke - who is believed to be valued at a rather hefty £48 million - has also impressed during the early stages of the new campaign, featuring in all six of Los Rojibancos' opening fixtures and registering on the scoresheet during Saturday's impressive 4-0 romp over the previously unbeaten Sevilla.

Manchester United/Liverpool went elsewhere

Despite being effectively snubbed in pursuit of the talented Koke, Liverpool and Manchester United did both eventually make significant additions before the close of the transfer window.

The former - boosted financially of course by the sale of talisman Luis Suarez to Barcelona following his controversial World Cup showing - added attacking midfielders in the form of Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic as well as providing extra protection for their famously leaky defence with the capture of German enforcer Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen.

While Liverpool wrapped up their business rather early, Manchester United's key new signings - Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera aside - were completed with only days and indeed hours to spare.

With regards to the midfield, Louis van Gaal's most significant purchase came in the form of Angel di Maria. The Champions League winner moved to Old Trafford for a British record transfer fee of £59.7 million - much to the chagrin of a large percentage of Real Madrid's fervent fanbase.

Not content with those deals for Herrera and Di Maria, Van Gaal also moved to complete a transfer for Dutch international Daley Blind. Unfortunately for him, however, that move was somewhat overshadowed by the arrival of a certain Radamel Falcao on deadline day.

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