Report: Matt Miazga turned down Chelsea and Leicester City to stay with New York Red Bulls

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Stoke City were also reportedly chasing the 20-year-old American defender in the summer.

New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga has proved one of the revelations of the 2015 MLS season, and it looks like his performances have not gone unnoticed across the Atlantic.

According to FourFourTwo, Chelsea, Leicester City and Stoke City all made offers for the 20-year-old centre-back in the summer, having watched him star for the US at the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

The youngster reportedly decided in the end that staying with the Red Bulls for the time being would be best for his development, but speaking to the magazine, he also admitted that a future Premier League move is among his career ambitions.

“The EPL is a very intriguing proposition,” said Miazga, who holds a Polish passport through his parents. “I love that league - it’s very competitive and there's a lot of passion involved. Hopefully one day I will have an opportunity to play there. I believe my skillset fits the way football is played over there.

"I'm aware of all those rumours, but at the moment I don’t want to focus on that. The ultimate goal is to play on the highest level, but right now I'm happy in New York. I can still grow here and become a better player. When the time comes - I will be ready for Europe.”

Miazga originally joined the Red Bulls as a homegrown player in May 2013 and has since made 34 regular season appearances for the club, with 26 of them coming this season after he established himself as a regular starter under new head coach Jesse Marsch.

Receiving rave reviews for his performances, the US Under-23 international’s presence in the heart of the defence helped Marsch’s men clinch the Supporters’ Shield title last month as the team with the best regular season record, and he is now being tipped to receive a first senior international call-up in the near future.

However, Jurgen Klinsmann might need to move fast to secure his services, as the 6ft 3in stopper has admitted that he has still not ruled out switching international allegiances to Poland, telling MLSsoccer.com this week: “I’m still young, so who knows what will happen. I’m definitely keeping the doors open, but I’m leaning towards the US.”

In the meantime, Miazga's focus is on helping the Red Bulls continue their postseason quest for a first-ever MLS Cup title, and if he does pick up a winner's medal come December then there could well be even more Premier League clubs chasing his signature once the winter transfer window opens.

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