Thomas Partey was advised by his father to join Arsenal to help the Gunners regain Champions League qualification amid interest from London rivals Chelsea. Partey finally completed his £45million move to Arsenal from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day last Monday. The Ghana international had been linked with a switch to the Emirates throughout the summer window.
After months of speculation, Arsenal activated the 27-year-old’s release clause.
Chelsea were also linked with Partey as an alternative to West Ham star Declan Rice.
Partey’s father Jacob has confirmed that the Blues were interested in his son.
“We actually weren’t disturbed by anything because we hoped a bigger team will come for Partey,” he told Joy Online.
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“We were aware of the [other teams that were interested]: Juventus, Chelsea and so forth. So about all these we knew God was with us.
“From that minute we started to dance to ‘Party after Party’.”
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Partey’s decision to swap the Champions League with Atletico for the Europa League with Arsenal has been questioned.
His father admits Partey was looking to move to a side competing in Europe’s elite club competition.
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However, the advice he gave to his son was that he could instead help a club like Arsenal get back to competing in the Champions League.
He added: “I went to a coaching course so I have been reading the sports books and highlights and also other history about sports men and women, so I told him this thing is an opportunity that has come to pass some years back.
“What I [noticed] was that he was willing to play where there is Champions League [football] but [I suggested to him that] can’t he be where there is no Champions League and help them get into the Champions League?
“My advice to him was irrespective of the big move, he has to keep training seriously and not lose focus. Not chase ladies so he doesn’t flop!
“And he was very receptive of that.”
Partey senior admitted he was very busy after the news his son was joining Arsenal.
“It wasn’t easy! I wondered if I was the Vice President,” he said.
“The calls were successive from FM stations and others but I made sure to respond to all and my wife prepared some banku and okro soup for our celebration.”
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