Simeone: "Thomas could have played for City or United"

Thomas Partey's inspirational performance in the 2-0 win over Getafe earned praise from Atlético de Madrid coach Diego Simeone on Saturday.

Thomas could've played for City or United – Simeone hails Atletico star

Diego Simeone said Thomas Partey could have played for Premier League giants Manchester City or Manchester United as he lauded the Atlético de Madrid midfielder. The 25-year-old impressed at the heart of midfield in Atlético's 2-0 win at home to Getafe in LaLiga on Saturday. The Ghana international had an impact on both first-half goals scored by Antoine Griezmann and Saúl Ñíguez, earning praise from Atleti coach Simeone.

"I liked Thomas today. He and Rodrigo [Hernández] were great," Simeone told reporters. "I think he's improving, Thomas is an amazing player. He could have played for Manchester City, Manchester United. We're talking about a great player here. I rate him very highly."

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Thomas has scored two goals and recorded three assists in 18 LaLiga matches for Atlético this season.