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Tiago Mendes re-signs with Atletico Madrid

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Chelsea target Tiago Mendes has re-signed with Atletico Madrid on a two-year deal, according to Sky Sports.

The midfielder’s contract at the Vicente Calderon ran out at the end of last season, and he was linked with a reunion with Jose Mourinho and former teammates Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge.

Mass exodus

La Liga’s champions have endured somewhat of a clearout this summer with Costa and Luis heading for London, while Courtois’ loan spell has expired, and David Villa has also left for New York City.

Tiago has quashed all speculation surrounding his future though, by committing to Atletico for a further two years.

The 33-year-old has already enjoyed four-and-a-half successful years with Los Rojiblancos after joining from Juventus in January 2010.

Semi-regular appearances

He made 23 domestic appearances last season and a further seven during their run to the UEFA Champions League final, during which he played all 120 minutes as Atletico eventually succumbed to their arch rivals Real Madrid.

Although Europe’s top prize may have eluded him, the league crown meant that he has now won the domestic title in three different countries, achieving the feats with Chelsea in England and Lyon in France.

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Tiago has won a total of five trophies during his time in Spain under Quique Flores and Diego Simeone. As well as La Liga, these include the UEFA Europa League in 2012 (he was cup-tied for the 2010 success), two UEFA Super Cup triumphs and the 2012/13 Copa del Ray.

He arrived initially on loan from Juventus in January 2010 and although he missed the Europa League final, he helped the Colchoneros reach the final of the Copa del Ray where they were beaten by Sevilla.

Atletico renewed his loan spell for the following campaign which saw him make 31 appearances as they qualified for a return to the Europa League.

Loan made permanent

The move was made permanent before the 2011/12 season and he played a big part in their run to further European success. He missed the final though after being sent off against Valencia in the semis.

He was an unused substitute for the Copa del Ray final success, but notched up another 22 league appearances as Atleti finished third and qualified for the Champions League.

His career began with Braga in 1999 and he helped them finish fourth in the 2000/01 season to qualify for the UEFA Cup. Further impressive displays saw him move to Benfica in late 2001, and during two-and-a-half years at Estadio da Luz he helped them finish second in 2002/03 and win the Taca de Portugal the following campaign.

Mourinho on alert

This alerted new Chelsea boss Mourinho who lured him to the English Premier League in 2004. Tiago was an integral part of the side – making 34 appearances as they won the league for the first time in 50 years while he also added the League Cup.

He moved to Lyon before the following season though, and won a further two domestic titles in consecutive campaigns.

Juventus snapped him up in 2007, but his time in Italy was rather sour as he could not repeat the high performance levels from before. He found his playing time rather limited before Atletico came to his rescue in early 2010.

He also represented Portugal 58 times from 2002 to 2010 – scoring three goals and playing in two World Cups.

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