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Emmanuel Adebayor has revealed he urged Thomas Partey to join ‘family club’ Arsenal over Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester United.
Ghana midfielder Partey joined Arsenal from Atletico Madrid in September after the Gunners met his £45m buy-out clause.
The 27-year-old contacted Adebayor before leaving Atletico for advice, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United all reportedly interested in securing a deal.
Adebayor, who spent three years at Arsenal, says he urged Partey to join the north London club as the move would be ‘good for his development’.
Speaking at at event in Ghana, Adebayor said: ‘He told me that some clubs in England, namely Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, and others have shown interest in him and he needs advice.
‘I advised him to go to Arsenal because I have had the opportunity to play there and I think it will be good for his development.
‘Arsenal is more than a club, it is a family and I’m impressed with his performances so far in the Premier League.’
Partey has enjoyed a promising start to his Arsenal career, although the Gunners are just 11th in the Premier League after a poor run of form.
The Ghanaian was subbed off at half-time during Arsenal’s defeat to Aston Villa before the international break but the injury concern does not seem too serious.
Last month, former Arsenal and England star Paul Merson described Partey as the ‘signing of the summer’. He told Sky Sports:
‘I think Partey’s a massive, massive difference. I mean, what a signing.
‘When you talk about signings in the summer, he’s got to be number one. I cannot believe, without being horrible here, that Arsenal got him.’