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Gabi won't leave Atletico Madrid this summer

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Manchester United and Chelsea have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Gabi after the Atletico Madrid captain vowed to remain at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

The Daily Express reports how the deep-lying playmaker has attracted admiring glances from the Premier League after a standout season in Diego Simeone's side i 2013/14.

Gabi played an instrumental role as Los Rojiblancos won the Primera Division title last season, and were also losing finalists to local rivals Real Madrid in the Champions League.

The 30-year-old Spaniard is not the only individual courting attention from a growing list of suitors though, with Diego Costa, Miranda and Arda Turan also linked with summer transfers.

Jose Mourinho is rumoured to be interested in bringing Costa to Stamford Bridge in a bid to strengthen his striker options at Chelsea next season.

He's also said to be keeping tabs on Gabi, but faces competition from the Red Devils who are equally keen to lure the player to Old Trafford ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.

Louis van Gaal has been tasked with picking up the pieces in the aftermath of David Moyes's disastrous 10-month tenure as Manchester United manager.

A prospective move for the Atletico Madrid skipper would go some way to improving his midfield options, but chances of either Manchester United or Chelsea completing the transfer now look slim following Gabi's recent comments.

"My only plan is to stay at this club," he said in an interview with AS. "It is normal that everyone wants our players, but they will have to ask the Atleti players if they really want to leave.

"One could improve things economically by going, but on the sporting side there are few teams that could better this.

"We were all unhappy with the way [the final against Real Madrid] went because it was so cruel. At the same time though, we are happy. The players battled until they almost dropped."

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