Former Ghanaian national team defender, John Paintsil, has offered advice to Thomas Partey regarding his future club selection after the Arsenal midfielder reportedly requested a transfer.
Paintsil emphasized the importance of Partey choosing a club where he would feel comfortable and receive ample playing time, considering both his club and national team commitments.
While there are reports of interest from Juventus in Italy and a Saudi Arabian club offering a lucrative deal, Paintsil urged Partey to follow his heart and prioritize playing time.
He highlighted his own experiences with limited playing time during his career and emphasized that the decision ultimately lies with the player, despite offers presented by agents.
Paintsil emphasized the significance of regular playing time in maintaining top form and readiness for national team duties. He advised Partey to consider his happiness and instincts in making the right decision for his career.
Paintsil also addressed concerns that joining a Saudi Arabian club might hinder Partey’s prospects of playing for the national team, stating that it should not be a hindrance.
“Football is business, it’s not just playing for fun and as a player, you should know whether where you are going to play would guarantee you enough playing time.
“Especially, as a national team asset, you always need to be ready for the national call-up as well. So, if going to Juventus will help him get enough playing time to be ready or going to Saudi to get enough playing time to play for the national team, the decision lies on the player,” said Paintsil, who played for English Premiership sides Fulham, West Ham United and Leicester City between 2006 and 2012 in an interview with Graphic.com.
Partey, who is reportedly the highest earner at Arsenal, is said to be close to leaving the club as they pursue summer transfers for midfielders Declan Rice and Kai Havertz. The addition of these players could potentially push Partey down the pecking order in manager Mikel Arteta’s plans.
While reports had suggested that Partey’s agents had agreed to personal terms with Juventus, the Italian club’s interest seemed to have cooled after their French midfielder Adrien Rabiot agreed to extend his stay.