Arsenal and Man Utd target Thomas Partey opens up on Atletico Madrid situation

Atletico Madrid’s training grounds, the Cerro de Espino, remains closed to all players and coaching staff with only the two security guards to look after the facility.

Diego Simeone’s men are yet to link up again since producing their best performance of the season to dump holders Liverpool out of the Champions League at their own feared Anfield.

The victory was yet another re-affirmation that the players still believe in Simeone and that his ways are still effective to the group after what has so far been a poor domestic campaign which has seen them sit sixth in the league table.

The feeling on the flight back from Liverpool was that of great optimism and positivity with the coaching staff certain that they had turned the tide in their favour and were now one of the favourites for this season’s Champions League.

The players who featured for longer than 60 minutes had earned the next two days off while those who did not feature or played less than 30 minutes were scheduled back in on Friday March 13 to begin preparations in typical Simeone ruthless style.

Then on Thursday afternoon, former Chelsea forward Diego Costa dropped a message on the players whatsapp group asking if it was true games had been postponed with City rivals Real Madrid forced to isolate due to one of their basketball players testing positive for coronavirus.

It quickly emerged that all players were required to remain in Spain and not travel abroad – and Thomas Partey has lifted the lid on the situation at the Spanish club.

“Yes, we received an email saying the games (against Osasuna and Valladolid) had been postponed and that there was the need to remain professional and try to work from home while this virus situation is resolved,” Arsenal and Manchester United target Partey told Mirror Football.

“We were also told what we would be doing during this period and that the way forward would be communicated on a daily basis.

“We are still in contact and of course we have the group chats and the manager is always in touch if he needs to get a message across but we all know that human life is way important than anything at this point.”

The good news is that, none of Atletico’s players or coaching staff have tested positive to coronavirus despite there being high profile cases in Spain.

Players with key injuries who require support have been given tailor-made instructions to follow and perform at home with support provided when it is essential and safe to do so.

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