Why international midfielder joined Arsenal despite interest from Chelsea

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Thomas Partey’s father has confirmed Chelsea and Juventus were interested in signing his son before he joined Arsenal.

The Ghanaian international joined Arsenal from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day for a fee of about £45million.

“We actually weren’t disturbed by anything because we hoped a bigger team will come for Partey,” Jacob Partey told Joy Online.

“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’.”

Explaining why he urged his son to join Arsenal instead of Chelsea, 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.”

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