Koke reveals why he rejected chance to leave Atletico Madrid

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Koke has revealed he snubbed a reported move to Manchester United in the summer because he is happy at Atletico Madrid.

The Daily Star claim that Manchester United made an offer of around £30 million for the midfielder, but he chose to stay at the Vicente Calderon. He was also subjected to interest from the likes of Chelsea and Barcelona.

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Exponential improvements

The playmaker has grown in reputation in harmony with Atletico, who have themselves grown into a genuine European force over the last two seasons. They won La Liga last season and were minutes away from winning the Champions League.

Koke, 22, is now labelled as one of the brightest talents in world football with many likening him to Barcelona legend Xavi. As a result, some of Europe's biggest clubs came calling in the summer.


Having seen Diego Costa and Filipe Luis leave for Chelsea in the summer, many expected Koke to depart for pastures new. His release clause was set at £48 million and Manchester Untied considered activating it.

Koke is grateful to Manchester United and other interested clubs for their admiring glances, but insists he was never tempted to depart.

He is quoted in the same Daily Star report as saying: "We must thank the interest of Barcelona and other teams, but I'm happy because I want to be here, I've been here all my life and it was not time to go.

"The club is growing, we are growing as players - why I would go at the best time of Atletico Madrid?"

Xavi comparison

As previously stated, there has been plenty of comparison between Koke and Xavi. With the latter approaching the end of his career, it seemed natural for Koke to succeed him in the heart of Barcelona's midfield.

However, Koke is under no illusions. He knows there is still plenty left to achieve before he can be mentioned in the same sentence as Xavi.

Koke said: "Xavi has won everything with Barcelona and here [with Spain].

"He has been top. I have a long way to go, a lot of work. But in the end, Xavi will be Xavi and Koke will be Koke."

Interest cooling

Although Koke would represent an excellent signing for any club, the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United have significantly strengthened over the summer to suggest that he will not be moving to the Premier League in the near future.

Manchester United bought both Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria in the summer while Chelsea famously convinced Cesc Fabregas to join from Barcelona.

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