Mario Mandzukic: 'I turned down Premier League move'

Mario Mandzukic of Atletico de Madrid celebrates scoring their second goal during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and SD Eibar at Vicente Calderon Stadium on August 30, 2014
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Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic admits that he turned down offers from clubs in the Premier League to join the current Spanish champions.

Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic has revealed that he turned down offers from clubs in the Premier League to join the Spanish champions in the summer.

The 28-year-old was said to be on Arsenal and Chelsea's radar in the previous transfer window, but he opted for a £17.5m switch to the Vicente Calderon from Bayern Munich.

Mandzukic told Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti: "I had better offers than from Atletico. There were calls from the UK that interested me, but I believe that their style of football is simply not my way. There were also interest from Italy and some concrete offers from Russia.

"I'm very pleased with everything. I couldn't choose a better path after leaving Bayern Munich. The fans here accepted me immediately. Atletico was the best possible decision for me at this stage of my career."

Mandzukic scored Atletico's second goal in their 5-0 Champions League win over Malmo in midweek.

Atletico Madrid players celebrate after scoring their second goal during the UEFA Champions League football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Malmo FF at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on October 22, 2014
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