Report - Atletico midfielder set for Chelsea return

Atletico Madrid's Tiago could be in line for a Chelsea return 10 years after he first joined the club.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Tiago could be in line for a return to Stamford Bridge according to Marca.

The 33-year-old has been part of the side that has had a remarkable season under Diego Simeone having won their first La Liga title since 1996, and came within two minutes of defeating city rivals Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Lisbon on Saturday, which they lost 4-1 after extra time.

The report states that Simeone sees him as an important part of his team but with Tiago’s contract running out at the end of June, it is said that he would like to work under Mourinho again at Chelsea, and is expected to tell the La Liga champions very soon – maybe even today.

The midfielder said after the Champions League final defeat to Real that he had made this decision about his future but wanted to inform the club first. 

He was subject to many lucrative deals from clubs in England and Turkey last summer but decided to opt for less money at the Vicente Calderon. If he were to stay at the club for next season he would be for less money than is being offered elsewhere.

The Portugal international has had one season working under Jose Mourinho in the 2004/05 season where he won the Premier League title and League Cup at Chelsea. He has subsequently had spells at Lyon and Juventus before eventually moving to Atletico.

Mourinho once said that letting him go was a big mistake but it seems, according to this report, he is intent on bringing him back. Tiago is also the latest amongst the Atletico Madrid players to be linked with Stamford Bridge with Diego Costa said to sign for the Blues this summer, whilst the future of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has seemingly yet to be resolved.

One thing Tiago would provide the Chelsea midfield is a bit more experience and good amount of pedigree.

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