How De Gea can help to solve United's lack of midfield creativity

Atletico Madrid playmaker Koke has spoken of his friendship with the Old Trafford goalkeeper.

Manchester United’s ongoing search for a midfield playmaker to add creativity to the Premier League champion side is set to continue in January.

After failed attempts to sign Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera, one man that has been labeled as a reported target for the Old Trafford giants is their countryman, Koke.

The 21-year-old box-to-box playmaker has been one of the star performers for an Atletico Madrid side that seem ready to challenge La Liga powerhouses Real Madrid and Barcelona for domestic dominance this season.

Koke has made his international debut for world champions Spain this year also, and is said to have caught the attention of the Manchester club.

In an interview with FourFourTwo magazine, the Spaniard was quizzed on whether he would consider moving to United.

"You never know in football,” the young star admitted.

“But what I do know is that I've renewed my contract and I'm at home here, playing for a club I've always supported in a great team. I'm very happy here."

The Vicente Calderon faithful have had to watch on in recent years as star players such as Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguerro and Radamel Falcao have left the Spanish capital for new challenges.

Another to depart in 2011 was goalkeeper David De Gea, who made the move to United.

Koke has admitted that he was sad to see his friend leave the club, as the pair have come through the ranks of the Atletico youth system.

"It's sad and not just from a football perspective,” Koke stated.

“I'm friends with David de Gea; we've grown up together at Atleti and for Spain. Then he left, but that's football."

There have been plenty of transfer rumours linking United with a January move for the newly capped Spaniard, and De Gea’s friendship with Koke could well be a feature in the Red Devils’ pursuit of the Atletico star.

Rumblings of a release clause in the midfielder’s contract have been coined in the British media, with United considering matching the figure to land the player labeled as ‘the new Xavi.’

image: © James Boyes

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