Raul Garcia 'never considered Atletico Madrid exit'

Atletico Madrid's Raul Garcia celebrates with Koke after scoring during the Spanish League football match against Getafe on November 23, 2013
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Atletico Madrid midfielder Raul Garcia insists that he never considered leaving the Vicente Calderon despite his initial struggles.

Raul Garcia has insisted that he never considered leaving Atletico Madrid despite a difficult period with the club.

The Spaniard is now seen as a key part of Diego Simeone's first XI, but he struggled for form in the third season of his Atletico career.

"From the first four years at Atletico, the first two were good. It was more complicated from the third. But I think I am where I am because I went through what I did," he told AS.

"I never wanted to quit. I'm very stubborn. I like difficult challenges because you're better when you come through them.

"For me, Atletico is at the level of the best clubs in Europe and this is where I wanted to be."

Garcia scored 17 times for Atletico last season.

Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone gestures during the Champions League quarter final match against Barcelona on April 9, 2014
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