BRAZILIAN midfielder Juninho has played down talk of a quick return to England, saying he intends to stay and fight for his first team place at Atletico Madrid. Juninho, who played for two years at Premier League side Middlesbrough before moving to Spain, has been linked in the Spanish press with a move back to his old club. Aston Villa and Chelsea are also said to be interested. But the 25-year-old midfielder insisted: 'I don't know anything about this supposed interest from England. 'I'm only thinking in terms of staying at Atletico and working hard in order to play, although I still have a great affection for Middlesbrough.' Speculation over Juninho's future increased after he was relegated to the bench for Saturday's First Division game against Barcelona, as coach Arrigo Sacchi opted for a defensive approach, which paid off with a 1-0 win for the visitors. And while the Brazilian admitted that being left out of the side left him saddened, he insisted it was a normal reaction in the circumstances. He explained: 'Everyone wants to play in big games like that at the Nou Camp ? the sensation is different ? and I'd never played there before because last season I was on international duty with Brazil. 'That's what made me sad. 'But I've got to accept what the coach says.'