REAL MADRID might have signed Koke – however the Spanish midfielder selected to remain at Atletico and has been there ever since.
That is the within info rising from the Wanda Metropolitano.
Atletico director normal Gil Marin has been spilling the beans on many a membership subject and opened up on 25-year-old Koke.
The Spanish worldwide has been with the membership since he was 12.
Alongside the way in which to 231 first-team appearances and 26 objectives, he has attracted many a suggestion however at all times caught with Atletico.
Koke signed his newest deal in 2014, pledging one other 5 years to the group he has often known as man and boy.
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However there was competitors from Actual Madrid – as Marin revealed.
He mentioned: “One of many signings that I’m most pleased with is that of Koke.
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“It price me to maintain him when he had a pre-agreement with Actual Madrid.
“I’ve to talk so much to undo that.”
Koke has gained 5 main honours, together with the 2014 La Liga title and the 2012 Europa League. trophy.
Barcelona’s Zavi at all times regarded the right-footed star, famed for his perceptive passive means, as his successor.
But it surely by no means occurred.
Earlier this 12 months Zoke was robbed at gunpoint in a carpark – with the thief making off with a £60,000 watch.
Sport reported that after holding the gun to Koke’s head, the attacker mentioned “give me the watch” earlier than using away on the bike at velocity.
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Elsewhere, Marin confirmed that striker Antoine Griezmann, regarded as heading to Barca, will see out no less than the second half of the season.
And he positively desires a lot sougth-after head coach Diego Simeone to remain.
“With none doubt, it might be an enormous blow to lose Simeone than to lose Griezmann,” he mentioned.
“Simeone represents the membership in values, work, philosophy of play.
“He represents a soccer group and no participant on his personal represents a group.”