Reported Chelsea and United target reveals reasons for Atletico stay

Atletico Madrid defender Miranda has revealed why he decided to stay in Spain, despite interest from Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea.

The central defender played a key part in Atletico’s La Liga-winning squad, playing 32 times as Las Colchoneros marched to the title.

The 30-year old Brazilian international also played in every game of Atletico’s ultimately unsuccessful Champions League run, with his defensive partnership with Diego Godin a key reason for their season of success.

The displays of impressive form had the majority of the Atletico squad come under the watchful eyes of Europe’s largest teams, with Thibaut Courtois, Diego Costa and Filipe Luis all making moves to Chelsea.

And it was the Blues who reportedly had a keen interest in acquiring Miranda’s services during the transfer window, along with Premier League rivals Manchester United.

However, the 30-year old has revealed the reason he stayed with Atletico, telling AS that his family was more important to him than a move to a bigger club.

The La Liga winner said: "It was better for me and for my family to stay where we are. I am happy being a Rojiblanco. I love Madrid as a city and Atlético is a great club.”

However, Miranda is not surprised that clubs showed an interest in securing his signature, claiming that all the speculation regarding his future was because of Atletico’s success.

“It [Speculation] is normal when footballers are at clubs who are successful,” he said.

Chelsea fans will not be too disappointed with failing to capture Miranda over the summer, in the knowledge that they already possess a strong defensive unit. However, the eight-capped international would have been perfect for United to sign, with his experience and title-winning credentials a perfect piece of the Old Trafford jigsaw.

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