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Simeone: Thomas is an all-rounder in football

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Simeone: Thomas is an all-rounder in football

Simeone: Thomas is an all-rounder in football

Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey is well enough to play for “the best teams in Europe,” according to head coach Diego Simeone.

Thomas was linked to a move to the Premier League with Arsenal, after eight years in Madrid, where he first featured for the youth and reserve teams at Atleti.

Even though Thomas is still looking for consistency, Simeone can see why such a transfer would appeal to the London club and to a number of other European giants.

“Thomas is the one who understands this position best, and the transition from defense to attacking, shooting, scoring, assisting and playing passes between the lines,” Simeone told reporters ahead of Atleti’s game against Osasuna.

“When he is consistently at his best level he is so good that all of Europe’s best teams are looking at him.”

Joao Felix’s first season at Atleti wasn’t entirely up to schedule, but this time last year he was one of the most sought-after talents on the continent.

A €126 million (£112m/$142 m) signed by Benfica, the Portuguese scored only four times in La Liga and was not on the weekend draw with Athletic Bilbao because of a knee problem.

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