De Gea to Manchester United will not be repeated if Atletico have their way

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Manchester United have been linked with Koke, but Atletico Madrid have no intention of seeing him depart.

Atletico Madrid know the situation they are in. They know one of their top talents is ripe for the picking.

Spanish under-21 international Koke has been in sublime form this season, attracting the attention of Manchester United.

Atletico know the £16 million release clause in the attacking midfielder's contract renders them powerless to stop him leaving.

Unless...

Spanish newspaper El Confidencial report that Atletico have hatched a plan, to avoid high profile departures in the mode of Falcao, Sergio Aguero, and David de Gea.

Manager Diego Simeone is hugely ambitious, and wants to instil a sense of belonging and identity to his players.

His plan is 'to do everything possible that none of his men come forward to leave the club, at least for sporting reasons.'

The manager stated this week, 'We do not feel superior to anyone... but we are not inferior to anyone.'

Their report is headed, 'Manchester United will spend a lot convincing Koke'.

Just this week the Spaniard stated he was happy at the club, where he has broken into the first team and is even an outside bet for the upcoming World Cup squad.

Atletico are doing a fine job on demonstrating they are on par with any club for sporting reasons. They topped their Champions League group, meaning they stand in the same company as Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG, and Manchester United.

Unlike United, at this point their place in the competition looks assured with a top three place in La Liga looking a certainty. When David de Gea went to United, the club were clearly a few rungs on the ladder competitively below the Red Devils. It's hard to argue that now.

Just this week former Arsenal fan Thierry Henry said Atletico were the one side he didn't want Arsenal to face due to they way they work hard defensively and fight for every ball.

It's down to Diego Simeone's management, a team built in his competitive style. The Argentine will not let his young star walk away without a fight, and will do everything to get the midfielder to buy into his vision for the club and be determined to be a part of it's future.

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