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Atletico Madrid star explains why he turned down Chelsea in the summer

Tiago Mendes opted to re-sign with Atletico Madrid over a tempting Chelsea offer

Atletico Madrid midfielder Tiago was one of the shock deals of the summer as he opted to turn down a Chelsea move in order to re-sign with Diego Simeone’s side.

After a fabulous campaign in the Spanish capital last season, both the English and Spanish press were linking the retired Portuguese international with a summer move to the Blues.

Rumours then began to gain momentum when Tiago officially left Los Colchoneros when his contract expired in the summer, and along with Diego Costa and Filipe Luis, Stamford Bridge was expected to be his new destination.

In a shock twist, however, Tiago elected to re-sign with the la Liga outfit - explaining yesterday to the Spanish publication AS the need to feel important as his reasoning.

“The summer was very difficult. I want to tell the fans what happened, without being able to tell everything because some things are not important.”

“At the end of the season I got a great deal [from Chelsea] as a player and for my future and it made ​​me think about changing.”

“In the summer I realised that it was important to feel important at a club and I spoke with Simeone. He told me he wanted me at his next training session. From there I could only think back returning and wearing the shirt again. I am happy and grateful to everyone at the club for having me back. I will give everything on the field in return.”

Tiago spent a year at Stamford Bridge during the 2004/05 season after joining from Benfica for a reported fee of €15 million.

Despite being part of Mourinho’s three-man midfield to much success, the arrival of Michael Essien in the summer of 2005 limited his opportunities in the first-team – resulting in the 33-year-old ending his stay in West London after just 12 months.

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