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5 Notable Players Who Spurned the English Premier League

5 Notable Players Who Spurned the English Premier League

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The English Premier League is arguably one of the best soccer leagues in the world. Jose Mourinho has said that the English top flight is the best with the high level of competition from every team. Still, a number of high-profile players have spurned the Premier League in favor of other competitions. With Arturo Vidal refusing Manchester United, here is a list of five notable players who have turned down the Premier League.

5. Radamel Falcao

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5. Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao, Colombia v Paraguay - South American Qualifiers
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Last summer Falcao spurned the advances of Chelsea FC to join AS Monaco FC. Once again the Colombian forward has stated that his dream is to play for Real Madrid CF, and if he were to leave AS Monaco FC it would not be to the Premier League.

4. Franck Ribery

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4. Franck Ribery

Franck Ribery, FC Bayern Muenchen v SV Werder Bremen  - Bundesliga
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The French winger has stated that he plans to end his career in Europe with Bayern Munich. Ribery has long been considered a leading player of his generation, and he has categorically stated that he would never play in the English Premier League.

3. Neymar

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3. Neymar

Neymar, Brazil v Netherlands: 3rd Place Playoff - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
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It is reported by Neymar and his camp that they snubbed a massive offer from Chelsea FC in 2010 to continue his career in Brazil. Neymar’s refusal to join Chelsea signaled an important step for Brazilian soccer. The Barcelona FC forward's decision was based on his wish to further develop the professional game in Brazil.

2. Arturo Vidal

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2. Arturo Vidal

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The Chilean midfielder has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for most of summer transfer window. Although Vidal has stated that he is unsure of his future, the Juventus star made it clear that he will not join Manchester United.

1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Zlatan has always been adamant about his career being great without playing in the English Premier League. Ibra has had the opportunity to go on trial with Arsenal, but stated, "No way, Zlatan doesn’t do auditions." On another occasion, the Swedish captain listened to Manchester City in 2010 but revealed that Italy was always his preferred destination.