By Alex Bowmer For Mailonline
Published: 19:18 BST, 16 October 2020 | Updated: 19:32 BST, 16 October 2020
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has insisted he is happy for the 'incredible' Thomas Partey after he landed a deserved big-money move to Arsenal - despite initially being furious that his release clause was triggered just 32 minutes before the transfer deadline.
The Ghanaian, who is believed to be earning around £250,000-a-week at the Emirates, completed his £45million move to Arsenal at the 11th-hour on deadline day earlier this month after Mikel Arteta chased him throughout the summer.
Partey was a key figure for Simeone, who was angry that Arsenal had not informed Atletico about their plans to pay his release clause - though they did manage to replace him with Lucas Torreira heading in the opposite direction.
Thomas Partey completed a £45million move to Arsenal on deadline day earlier this month
Diego Simeone was furious with Arsenal triggering his release clause so late in the day
Despite Simeone's frustrations at how Arsenal went about signing Partey - who he had
held conversations with about playing alongside Torreira before his last-minute exit - the Atletico boss wishes him the best.
Tan seguro estaban el Atlético y SIMEONE de que Thomas se iba a quedar que al llamar a Torreira para contarle cómo quería jugar le mencionó al jugador ghanés en su idea táctica.— David Vinuesa Malbac (@Dvinuesa) October 5, 2020
Simeone jugó con Thomas como titular en 2/3 partidos esta semana.
El enfado de Simeone es de ÓRDAGO