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Tiago's Chelsea return is off

ESPN staff
July 22, 2014
Tiago Mendes was heavily linked with a move back to Chelsea © Getty Images

Tiago Mendes' return to Chelsea is off after the Portuguese midfielder re-signed with Spanish champions Atletico Madrid for another two years.

The 33-year-old, who played for Chelsea under compatriot Jose Mourinho in the 2004-05 season, became a free agent in June and was reportedly prepared to move back to Stamford Bridge despite listening to other offers from around the world.

However, Tiago has committed to staying at Atletico, signing a new deal and flying out to their pre-season training camp in Segovia, north of Madrid.

Speaking to the club's official website, he said: "The club offered me the chance to renew my contract.

"I felt proud because we had had an incredible season, but I had thought it was the right time for the cycle to come to an end.

"I have been offered the chance to play in various international leagues and have taken some time to evaluate my options during the summer, but my final decision became clearer and Atletico was the only option.''

Aside from contributing to Atletico's remarkable run to the Champions League final, Tiago has won the Primera Division title, the Europa League and the Copa del Rey with Diego Simeone's side.

"[Simeone] always left the door open for me and I am now very happy that I have made the right decision,'' Tiago added.

"I want to thank the club for waiting for me and offering me the opportunity to remain here. I can't wait to help out in any way I possibly can.''

Chelsea, who have brought in midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona this summer, have already signed Diego Costa and Filipe Luis from Atletico, while Thibaut Courtois has also returned from a three-year loan spell in Madrid.

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