Miranda happy to have snubbed Chelsea and Manchester United

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Atletico Madrid defender Miranda had the chance to join either Chelsea or Manchester United this summer - but says it was best for his family that he stayed in Spain.

The 30-year-old said he was tempted to follow a host of big name stars out of the Vicente Calderon, but admitted his love for the club was enough to convince him to stay.


It was reported that Chelsea were gearing up to make a £20 million bid over the summer, while Manchester United reportedly viewed him as the ideal man to fill the void in their defence after Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand left Old Trafford.

Diego Costa and Filipe Luis did decide to jump ship to Chelsea over the summer, but Miranda opted against the move and is sticking by his decision.

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"I think that it’s normal footballers to leave the club when they have found success," he told reporters.

“Staying at Atleti was the best for me and my family. I’m very happy to be at Atleti. I love Madrid and this is a great club.”

Adrien Rabiot

Another star Chelsea missed out on over the summer was PSG's Adrien Rabiot - and now it seems as though there is a new club in the race for his signature. Roma boss Rudi Garcia has denied that the Serie A outfit have reached an agreement with the 19-year-old, but did admit that he would like to sign him.

It was reported yesterday that the Blues had been offered the youngster by PSG, but they face increased competition from Roma who could include Kevin Strootman as part of the deal.

Determined Remy

One player who did arrive over the summer was Loic Remy - and the French striker insists he's not in west London to make up the numbers and wants to challenge Diego Costa for his starting spot.

“I know I won’t start out as first-choice striker at Chelsea, but ­nothing is set in stone. I have my aims," he told the Mirror.

“I didn’t sign for them in order to sit on the bench. I will try to improve as much as I can alongside their great players, and the rest will happen naturally.”

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