Atletico Madrid’s €60m midfield maestro responds to United interest

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Atletico Madrid star Koke has responded bluntly to Manchester United’s interest by re-affirming his happiness in Madrid.

Following the arrival of new Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal, the hard work begins now as the Red Devils aim to improve a faltering squad,

The key area of the team which needs improving is undoubtedly in midfield, and a number of names such as Toni Kroos, William Carvalho and Koke have been linked.

Unfortunately for Manchester United, it appears that Toni Kroos is no longer a viable option after the German international has reiterated his desire to stay in Munich.

As for Spanish international Koke, that deal also seems like a dead-end as the 22-year-old Atletico Madrid star expressed his happiness in the Spanish capital after being reminded of Barcelona and United’s reported interest.

“I am very happy here in my home and there is nothing else to say about that.” He said, in an interview quoted by the Spanish press AS.

Koke only signed a new deal at Atletico Madrid in January, extending his contract at the Vicente Calderon stadium until 2018 with a whopping €60m release clause.

It was reported that fellow La Liga side Barcelona were also eyeing him up as a possible replacement for Cesc Fabregas, though Koke’s recent comments suggest that the Catalans and Manchester United will need to look elsewhere this summer.

The Red Devils have a reported £200m warchest to spend this summer, and despite Manchester United being an attractive proposition under Van Gaal, patience around Old Trafford maybe needed before they can finally buy the right player to solve their midfield problem.

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