Miranda discusses his Atletico Madrid future amid renewed Manchester United links

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The Brazilian has become third choice centre-back at the club this week.

Atletico Madrid are in good form at the moment. In their most recent outing Atletico defeated bitter rivals Real Madrid 4-0 which was their fourth victory in a row in La Liga.

Much of the Atletico team is the same as last year. They have had to replace the departing Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Thibaut Courtois but otherwise the same stars that led them to La Liga glory and the Champions League final in 2013-14 occupy their first-team.

There has been one change, though. The club have implemented an all Uruguayan centre-back partnership this term, with Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez occupying the heart of defence. That has led to Brazilian star Joao Miranda, who was a regular last term, sitting on the bench.

That has led to the 30-year-old being linked with a move away from the club. Today he spoke about a potential exit. In an Atletico Madrid press conference he is quoted by Sky Sports as stating: “My future? I can only say my present.

"My present is Atletico Madrid. I have a contract and I am enjoying and playing in the best way possible.”

The Daily Star reported this week that Manchester United have been alerted by potential exit talk. That follows reports that United were also keen in the summer. The Daily Mail reported in May that a deal was 'imminent' for the player to join Manchester United in a £24 million deal.

United's defenders have come in for criticism this season and an experienced stopper would certainly not go amiss. Miranda may not be giving much away about his future, but time will tell if he does head away from Atletico in the summer.

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