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Essien admits being big fan of Arsenal target Partey

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien admits he's a fan of Atletico Madrid ace Thomas Partey.

Partey is being linked with Arsenal ahead of the summer market.

The Ghanaian, who has a buy-out clause of around £45million in his Atletico contract, has featured in 24 of Atletico's 27 league games this season and has been a standout player for Diego Simeone's side.

"Thomas is such a good player. I'd have loved to play with him," Essien, who plays for Azerbaijani club Sabail, told South African reporter Carol Tshabalala.

"He is a young and talented player making waves in Europe. He is one player I'd liked to play alongside but it will never happen."

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