Thomas Partey left it until the final day of the international transfer window to sign for Arsenal, leaving many people to wonder why it was so late.
The defensive midfielder’s father, Jacob Partey has revealed that his son knew about interest from Chelsea and Juventus and waited to see how it will play out before committing to Arsenal.
Jacob Partey, told My Joy Online: “We actually weren’t disturbed by anything because we hoped a bigger team will come for Partey.
“We were aware of the [other teams that were interested]: Juventus, Chelsea and so forth. So through all of this we knew God was with us. From that minute we started to dance to ‘Party after Party’.
“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! He was very receptive of that.”
Arsenal signed the Black Stars of Ghana midfielder from Atletico Madrid after activating his £45m release clause.