Manchester United have been dented once again this summer with the revelation that Altético Madrid midfielder Koke has announced his desire to remain with his club next season. The player has been a target for many this summer including United, Chelsea and Barcelona, but with the player never even suggesting that he could leave the club, it is pretty certain that he is not looking to play elsewhere, at the moment anyway. The Spanish international, who has travelled in the 23-man squad which will take part in the FIFA World Cup, was a target for David Moyes last summer, but he ignored the clubs advances. It seems he did make the right decision though as his club are the Spanish champions and also runners-up in the UEFA Champions League, which was a lot better than United’s seventh place finish and the lack of European football next season.
Koke is currently getting ready for Spain’s first match in the World Cup against the Netherlands on Friday, which will be one of the savoured matches of the opening weekend of the tournament. Koke is a great asset for the Spanish club and especially that even though three big clubs have made advances for him, it has not made him think about playing for another team, which in this day and age and the way modern football has gone, is admirable. Koke’s comments were reported by Sky Sports, he said:
“My future is with Atletico. I am happy in my club and now I have a deal and do not think about an exit.”
Koke has also suggested that he and his Spanish team-mates, which include United’s David De Gea and Juan Mata, will be looking to win the trophy for a second time on the 13th July. Spain have run riot in tournaments for the last six years winning the European Championship twice and the World Cup in South Africa four years ago, so really they have a lot to live up to. A European side has never lifted the trophy when the tournament has been played in the Americas, so Spain will need to be at their best to bring the trophy back to Europe. Koke said:
“Really my head is only focused on the work for Spain in Brazil 2014. My dream is to win this title with minutes in the game, although that depends on the coach.
“I have arrived to the team and each day I learn many things, especially about players such as Xavi and Iniesta.”
It is a shame to see some of the worlds best footballing youngsters distance themselves away from moves to other clubs, but it is also something we want to see a lot more as some young players are driven by money, which some clubs will pay them in order to sign the player, which in turn will end up ruining football as that money bubble will burst one day. It seems that all of the players linked to United are either ruling themselves out of a move or they are signing for other clubs, in the case of Cesc Fabregas, but right now it is unknown if United were really trying to sign the player this summer as the change of manager seems to have changed all the plans for signings in the close season. One thing is for sure, by the time the season starts in mid August, we will either have the players we want at the club, or we will have an idea of the players we are after.
By Paul Bienkowski
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