Atletico Madrid respond swiftly to West Ham's reported interest in Thomas Partey

Tottenham's Cameron Carter-Vickers in action with Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey

Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey has signed a new deal amid interest from Middlesbrough, Watford and West Ham.

Tottenham's Cameron Carter-Vickers in action with Atletico Madrid's Thomas ParteyTottenham's Cameron Carter-Vickers in action with Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey

Atletico Madrid have today confirmed that midfielder Thomas Partey has signed a new contract with the club until 2022, just days after West Ham United were linked with a move to sign him.

Partey, 23, joined Atletico back in 2011 having come up through the ranks with Odometah in his native Ghana, and he's made his way into the Atleti first team after loan spells with Mallorca and Almeria.

The holding midfielder made 18 appearances last season, but with strong competition for places under Diego Simeone, he has struggled for first-team football this term.

Partey has made just six appearances this season, but has yet to start a game this term, with his last appearances coming as a late substitute against Las Palmas in December.

With the nine-cap Ghana international out of favour, Ghana Soccernet reported that West Ham United, Middlesbrough and Watford were all lining up summer moves to land Partey.

Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey fights for the ball against Espanyol's Enzo RocoAtletico Madrid's Thomas Partey fights for the ball against Espanyol's Enzo Roco

A powerful holding midfielder, Partey has real potential but needs to be playing regular first-team football, and a move away from the Estadio Vicente Calderon was seen as a possibility for him to get playing.

However, Atletico have moved quickly to pour cold water over that particular rumour, as they today confirmed that Partey has penned a new deal until the summer of 2022.

Partey's future is now settled, but he'll have to work hard to win a regular first-team place, with the likes of Gabi, Saul, Koke, Tiago and Augusto Fernandez, as well as Matias Kranevitter, who is currently out on loan at Sevilla.

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