New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga has told Empire of Soccer that he is unaware of alleged interest from Chelsea in his signature, despite recent suggestions that he turned down a move to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
FourFourTwo reported last month that Miazga had been the subject of several Premier League offers after impressing for the USA at the 2015 Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, with Chelsea, Leicester City and Stoke City all named as potential destinations.
The 20-year-old centre-back allegedly decided in the end that staying with the Red Bulls for the time being would be best for his development, but he did admit to the magazine that he would be open to a move to England in the future.
“The EPL is a very intriguing proposition,” he told FourFourTwo. “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.”
Miazga has since earned his first senior cap for the USA, and after experiencing a breakout 2015 season, there have been suggestions that he could leave MLS as soon as this winter.
However, the New York native has insisted that, when it comes to Chelsea’s reported interest, he is in the dark, telling EOS: “It’s definitely been a good year for me in general, playing a lot of minutes, and trying to establish myself as a professional… But I don’t know anything about that.”
Miazga originally joined the Red Bulls as a Homegrown player in May 2013 and has since made 38 appearances in MLS competitions for the club, having established himself as a regular starter under new head coach Jesse Marsch this past season.
The youngster, who holds a Polish passport by way of his parents, proved instrumental in helping his side win the 2015 Supporters’ Shield as the team with the best regular season record, while his impressive performances also earned him his USA debut as a second-half substitute in last month’s 6-1 win over Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
His MLS Cup Playoff campaign, which ended on Sunday night with a 2-1 aggregate defeat to Columbus Crew SC in the Eastern Conference final, proved that the 6ft 3in stopper is far from the finished article after committing a couple of goal-gifting errors in the first leg, but his rapid progress during 2015 suggests that a bright future awaits – whether at Stamford Bridge or elsewhere.