Thomas Partey has revealed how he relocated from Ghana to Spain without notifying his family.
The Arsenal midfielder left Ghana in 2011 after receiving an offer from a player’s agent who promised him a place in Spanish soccer if he moved to that country almost immediately.
He was only 18 years old at the time. Nonetheless, he left Ghana’s shores to embark on a new adventure.
Partey had the opportunity to play for Atletico Madrid after trying out for second-tier club Leganés. He rose through the ranks at Atletico Madrid to become one of the club’s most important players.
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His performances in La Liga prompted Arsenal to make a €50 million bid for his services in 2020.
Partey in an interview with Marca stated:
“My father was not at home, no one in my family knew anything about me, or that I was leaving that day because if I told someone there would be many problems.”
“So I traveled and arrived in Spain six or seven months before someone found out that i was out of Ghana.”
“My father has always accepted my decision. He didn’t say anything to me. The following month he sent me money to buy boots. I always go where I feel good, and that’s why I made the decision to travel without saying anything to anyone”