Atletico Madrid just do not seem to be able to get over losing Thomas Partey as the blame game continues over his Arsenal transfer.
Mikel Arteta finally got his man on transfer deadline day when the Gunners paid the midfielder’s £45million release fee.
Now, according to BBC’s Spanish Football writer Guillem Balague, Atleti’s anger is actually more directed at the player than his new club.
The Spanish club also found it ‘unacceptable for Partey to arrange a medical in Madrid without telling his club’.
But Balague reports that the Ghanaian was offered a new £3.2m-a-year deal at Los Rojiblancos earlier this year.
But the Ghana International turned that down.
The 27-year-old was one of the lowest paid players at Atletico, earning around £1.5m a year.
And despite being grateful for how Diego Simeone and the club have helped develop his skills, Partey ‘felt he deserved more’ having earned rave reviews for his performances.
Partey posted a farewell post to Atletico fans – but it backfired in brutal fashion with supporters calling him a ‘rat’ and a ‘liar’.