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New Arsenal signing Thomas Partey writes emotional goodbye to Atletico Madrid but club remain angry

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Thomas Partey has penned an emotional farewell message to Atletico Madrid after completing a £45million transfer deadline day move to Arsenal

The midfielder had been a long-term target for Mikel Arteta but the deal went down to the wire with the Gunners agreeing to meet his release clause just before the window shut.

Partey joined Atletico Madrid as a teenager in 2011 before breaking into first team in the 2015-2016 season. The midfielder went on to become a key player for the LaLiga side and a firm fan favourite during his five years in the senior side.

Thomas Partey has penned an emotional goodbye to Atletico Madrid after his move to Arsenal

Thomas Partey has penned an emotional goodbye to Atletico Madrid after his move to Arsenal

Partey wrote on Instagram that the club had been like a family and would alway be with him

Partey wrote on Instagram that the club had been like a family and would alway be with him

Reflecting on his Atletico career, Partey wrote on Instagram: ‘Dear Atletico fans, today I only have words of gratitude with you. For several years now, Atletico Madrid has been my home and a part of this family will always be with me. 

‘I want to thank the club for the trust placed in me from day one, but above all, I want to thank you, this wonderful hobby that I accepted from the first moment and that has shown that it is both in good times and in bad times and you never truly stop believing. Atletico Madrid is not just a club, it is a family. Thank you.’

While Partey was full of gratitude for his former club, Atletico and manager Diego Simeone were reportedly left furious over the timing of the deal.

The midfielder joined Atletico as a teenager in 2011 and went on to become a fan favourite

The midfielder joined Atletico as a teenager in 2011 and went on to become a fan favourite

AS report that Arsenal had not told them they would pay the release clause and only received confirmation the contract demands had been met 32 minutes before Monday’s 11pm deadline.

According to Libertad Digital, Simeone was so confident Partey was set to stay that he discussed midfield tactics with his own deadline day arrival -Lucas Torreira – who completed a season-long loan move from the Emirates.

Atletico’s statement on their official website read: ‘LaLiga informed Atletico de Madrid at 11.28pm on Monday that Arsenal representatives have paid Thomas Partey’s release clause at the sports association’s headquarters.

‘The player has therefore unilaterally terminated his contract with our club, which ran until June 30, 2023.’  

Atletico and manager Diego Simeone were left furious over the timing of the late transfer

Atletico and manager Diego Simeone were left furious over the timing of the late transfer

ESPN report that Partey has put pen to paper on a four-year-deal with an option for a further year. Arsenal had chased the 27-year-old for much of the transfer window but had originally been reluctant to pay the £45m release clause before the club made their late swoop.

And Arteta expressed his delight at finally getting his man, telling the club’s website: ‘We have been watching Thomas for a while, so we’re now delighted to add such a high quality player to our squad. He is a dynamic midfielder with great energy.

‘He brings a lot of experience from a top club that has competed at the highest level in La Liga and the Champions League for several years.

‘We’re very impressed with his attitude and his approach to the game. He’s an intelligent footballer and we’re looking forward to him integrating into our system and contributing to the progress we’re building at the moment at the club.’

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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho admits he ‘felt very bad’ for leaving Dele Alli out of win at Burnley

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Jose Mourinho has admitted he has sympathy for Dele Alli after the out-of-sorts Tottenham star was left out of his squad for Monday night’s victory at Burnley.

Alli has fallen out of favour under Mourinho, starting just two of Tottenham’s 11 fixtures all season, and is currently enduring the most challenging period of his career.

Mourinho insisted he takes no pleasure from leaving players out but understands that making difficult decisions is part and parcel of ‘life at a big club’.

Jose Mourinho admitted he felt 'very bad' for leaving Dele Alli out of their win at Burnley

Jose Mourinho admitted he felt 'very bad' for leaving Dele Alli out of their win at Burnley

Jose Mourinho admitted he felt ‘very bad’ for leaving Dele Alli out of their win at Burnley

Alli, who started just two games this season, is set to feature in the Europa League on Thursday

Alli, who started just two games this season, is set to feature in the Europa League on Thursday

Alli, who started just two games this season, is set to feature in the Europa League on Thursday

The Spurs boss has however assured Alli, Davinson Sanchez and Harry Winks – who were also not part of Mourinho’s squad at Turf Moor – they will get their opportunities to prove their worth in Thursday’s Europa League trip to Antwerp. 

Speaking after the 1-0 victory at Burnley, Mourinho said: ‘I feel very bad we did (leave out Alli). I feel even sad every time I have to write a list of players selected for a game. It’s not just about Dele.

‘If the players understand that on Thursday we have another match and that some people that didn’t play here, they are going to play on Thursday and vice-versa.

‘This is the life of a big club. This is the life that I know from my time at Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Chelsea. The boys have to be ready.’

Son Heung-min scored in the 76th minute to seal victory against a stubborn Burnley side

Son Heung-min scored in the 76th minute to seal victory against a stubborn Burnley side

Son Heung-min scored in the 76th minute to seal victory against a stubborn Burnley side

Son celebrated with Harry Kane, who set up his goal, after their narrow win at Turf Moor

Son celebrated with Harry Kane, who set up his goal, after their narrow win at Turf Moor

Son celebrated with Harry Kane, who set up his goal, after their narrow win at Turf Moor

Mourinho revealed he took no chances with Steven Bergwijn and Serge Aurier, both of whom were sidelined by niggles as Son Heung-min took his tally in the Premier League this season to eight goals in the victory over the Clarets.

‘Winks and Davinson were in the stands, Dele stayed at home, Bergwijn had a little injury, Aurier had a little injury,’ Mourinho added. ‘It is the kind of squad where little injuries, we don’t need to take risks.

‘The squad is very good, it is very strong and every match if it’s not Dele the next match will be another one and the next match will be another one.

‘I have to admit it hurts me because they deserve more but this is the life of a top squad.’ 

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Premier League PPV viewing figures REVEALED with average of just 39,000 buyers

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The Premier League’s pay-per-view experiment averaged fewer than 40,000 viewers per match over the first two rounds of matches, Sportsmail can reveal. 

Figures given to the clubs at today’s shareholders meeting for the first nine pay-per-view games – not including Brighton’s 1-1 draw with West Brom on Sunday – show the average number of purchases was 39,000, fractionally ahead of the Premier League’s target.

As Sportsmail revealed last Saturday the Premier League’s initial aim was the number of pay-per-view sales to match stadium attendances. 

The Premier League’s pay-per-view plan averaged fewer than 40,000 viewers per match

The Premier League’s pay-per-view plan averaged fewer than 40,000 viewers per match

The Premier League’s pay-per-view plan averaged fewer than 40,000 viewers per match 

The average Premier League attendance for the last Covid-19 free season in 2018/19 was 38,168 so they are just about hitting the target, although the average is likely to be reduced when the viewing figures for the Brighton game are including.

None of the first nine matches attracted a paying audience of more than 100,000, with two games gaining between 70,000 and 90,000 viewers. 

Both BT Sport and Sky Sports have seen dwindling figures arriving to purchase the matches

Both BT Sport and Sky Sports have seen dwindling figures arriving to purchase the matches

Both BT Sport and Sky Sports have seen dwindling figures arriving to purchase the matches 

In contrast three of the matches got fewer than 10,000 viewers, a low figure which critics are likely to use to question the long-term viability of the scheme.

The Premier League will continue to charge fans £14.95 to watch each match for the next two rounds of games, but will discuss altering the price after next month’s international break at their next shareholders’ meeting on 5 November.

PPV MATCHES PLAYED SO FAR

Sat Oct 17: Chelsea 3-3 Southampton BT Sport Box Office

Sat Oct 17: Newcastle 1-4 Man United Sky Sports Box Office

Sun Oct 18: Sheffield United 1-1 Fulham BT Sport Box Office

Sun Oct 18: Leicester 0-1 Aston Villa Sky Sports Box Office

Mon Oct 19: West Brom 0-0 Burnley Sky Sports Box Office

Fri Oct 23: Aston Villa 0-3 Leeds BT Sport Box Office

Sat Oct 24: Fulham 1-2 Crystal Palace BT Sport Box Office

Sat Oct 24: Liverpool 2-1 Sheffield United – Sky Sports Box

Sun Oct 25: Arsenal 0-1 Leicester – Sky Sports Box Office 

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11.45am Chelsea news LIVE: Rudiger ‘to return to squad’, Ziyech fitness test, Rice subject of £120k-a-week ‘offer’

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CHELSEA picked up a Premier League point with a goalless draw at Manchester United.

Meanwhile, the Blues are reportedly offering Declan Rice £120,000-a-week to join the club in January.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

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