Atletico Madrid announce huge contract extension news

Great day for Atletico

It’s a good day for Atletico Madrid. Los Rojiblancos have announced that Diego Simeone has decided to extend his contract with the club and stick around until 2020. It’s effectively a reversal of his previous decision.

Last year it was revealed that Simeone wanted to reduce the length of his Atletico contract. He cut it short by two years, meaning it was due to expire at the end of this season. That is no more.

Unfinished business

The reasons behind his decision aren’t entirely clear. Many thought he was set to move on to Inter Milan, another beloved former club. However, the strong start from Luciano Spalletti at the San Siro and the quality of younger players in Atletico’s squad probably factored into Simeone’s reversal.

Whatever swayed him, Atletico fans will be over the moon. Simeone is their most successful coach and one of the best managers in the world. His La Liga title win in 2014 will go down as one of football’s all-time great feats.

With him in charge, Atletico have reached two Champions League finals, in 2014 and 2016, losing on each occasion to bitter rivals Real Madrid. They reached the semi-finals of last year’s competition, falling to Real again. Perhaps this is one of the driving forces behind Simeone’s extension, the determination to win the Champions League.

Diego Simeone reveals ‘joy’ at Barcelona’s Griezmann interest

Antoine Griezmann

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has today revealed his thoughts on the interest of Barcelona and other top sides in Antoine Griezmann.

In demand

Since having arrived at Atletico from Real Sociedad in 2014, French striker Griezmann has gone on to become one of the most sought after individuals in world football, with his technical ability, splendid vision and eye for goal making the 26-year-old a near-indispensable asset for the Rojiblancos.

Blaugrana target

With Barcelona superstar Neymar reportedly inching closer to a world-record switch to Paris Saint-Germain, Griezmann, along with the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Eden Hazard and Paulo Dybala, has been touted as a potential arrival at the Camp Nou before the end of the summer.

The 43-time capped international has already rejected the advances of Premier League giants Manchester United this summer, though Atletico would be left helpless if Barca decide to activate his 100 million Euro release clause.

Unmoved

However, one man who is certainly not worried by the prospect of a Barcelona approach for Griezmann is Colchoneros boss Diego Simeone.

Speaking at an Audi Cup press conference on Monday, the Argentinian revealed:

‘I am not afraid that there is such interest.’

‘It gives me joy that the best teams in the world are interested in our players, that speaks well both of them and of us, of our work, and that gives me joy.’

Report: Diego Simeone signs new Atletico Madrid contract

As per a report from Spanish outlet Marca (via Cadena Ser) this afternoon, Diego Simeone has signed a new contract with Atletico Madrid that will see the Argentinian remain at the Wanda Metropolitano until at least 2019.

Rumours

Despite nothing ever coming of the stories, a number of sources over the past year insisted that Simeone was growing increasingly frustrated with life in the Spanish capital, and that a move to Serie A giants Inter Milan could be on the cards in the near future.

Simeone himself was often non-committal when questioned on the subject, though the wily South American has seemingly now put any doubts surrounding his immediate future to bed, having put pen to paper on a new contract with Atletico.

Details

Having cut his current deal with the Rojiblancos short from 2020 to 2018 recently, the 47-year-old has reportedly now agreed to once again extend his deal, though it is not yet clear whether the agreement will run until 2019 or 2020.

Marca’s report also claims that Simeone is happy to work on a year-to-year basis, as he is not intent on committing his long-term future to the capital club for the time being.

Chelsea’s signing of Alvaro Morata secures more cash for Atletico Madrid

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been angry with Diego Costa since November 2016

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Sold via text?

Chelsea fans were stunned overnight due to Diego Costa’s comments after Spain’s 2-2 international friendly draw with Colombia on Wednesday evening.

Costa said: “I’m going to be honest, the other day, Conte sent me a message saying he does not count on me for next season, so I’ll have to find a way out.”

Supporters of the Blues have found it hard to accept that a key member of the side that won the Premier League in 2016/2017 has been dumped in such a manner.

Conte still angry with Costa for dinner with Simeone

Originally, it was thought that Conte was still angry with Costa for pushing for a move to China in the January transfer window.

Marca journalist Jose Felix Diaz has another theory entirely, which has been pushed in the aftermath of Conte’s text message to Costa.

Conte’s decision to get rid of Costa surprised many at Chelsea, including those in the hierarchy. It was thought that the obvious differences between the pair had been resolved.

However, the Chelsea boss has had enough of the training ground clashes and arguments with his star striker.

But, Conte’s main gripe is with Costa for having dinner with Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone last November.

Costa & Simeone agreed a pact

Costa was very public about this meal, posting a picture on his social media accounts.

Marca reveal that Costa and Simeone agreed on a type of pact over their meal, that they would work together again.

As a result, a return to Atletico Madrid would now be the most likely scenario, were it not for the club’s ongoing transfer ban.

Diego Simeone would welcome Costa with open arms, but it seems very unlikely that the Spanish striker would wait six months, until January, to be registered by Atletico and available to play.

Jose Felix Diaz adds that Costa is now waiting to hear the official version from Chelsea before making a firm decision.

For Conte, this dinner alone, so publicly confirmed by the Chelsea striker, was not acceptable for the Italian manager.

Costa was keen to lead Chelsea into the Champions League this season, this now looks very unlikely.

Antonio Conte has a long memory!

The Diego Costa-Diego Simeone dinner in November

Gran reencuentro y grandes recuerdos @simeone

A post shared by Diego Costa (@diego.costa) on

Related: Diego Costa’s agent opens talks with Serie A club as Chelsea exit looms.

Alvaro Morata reveals what Diego Simeone said to him during CL semi

Alvaro Morata & Diego Simeone

On Wednesday night, Atletico Madrid will attempt to turn over a 3-0 scoreline against city rivals Real to progress into the Champions League final.

Los Blancos are huge favourites to reach the showpiece for the third time in four years after Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 47th career hat-trick in the first leg.

One of the storylines that popped up in the aftermath of the match at the Santiago Bernabeu centred on Atleti boss Diego Simeone and Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.

Morata, a rumoured target for Chelsea this summer, didn’t get on the pitch against Atletico, but he did have one noticeable moment on the touchline with Simeone.

Rumours sprung up in the Spanish tabloid press that the Rojiblancos boss asked Morata to join Atleti in the summer.

When asked about the incident in the past few days, Simeone refused to reveal the details of the chat, but Morata was more forthcoming on Saturday night after he scored a double in a 4-0 win over Granada.

What’s the story?

Rather than talking about transfers, Simeone referenced taste buds. Morata revealed:

Simeone had a joke with me, one which had nothing to do with football.

I know him because he played with [my agent] Juanma Lopez and he asked me for some croissants from the brand I have launched.

The brand in question is Crosantino, a gourmet bakery with a shop in the centre of the Spanish capital.

Diego Simeone tried to sign Real Madrid striker during Champions League semi

Cheeky Diego Simeone!

The future of Diego Simeone continues to come under some scrutiny with some suggesting that the Atletico Madrid boss has taken his side as far as he possibly can.

Links with Inter Milan continue to be dredged up, but his actions on the touchline at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night suggest that he is still thinking about the future at Atletico Madrid.

Not for the first time, Atletico Madrid were on the end of a Cristiano Ronaldo masterclass, as they went down to a 3-0 loss at the Bernabeu in the Champions League semi-final first leg.

“Come with me to Atletico”

Alvaro Morata continues to be linked with a move away from Real Madrid having failed to nail down a spot in the first team this season.

Increasingly, Morata is not even coming off the bench in big games with the likes of Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez preferred against Atletico, in attacking positions.

The Spanish press have highlighted a moment when Simeone approached Morata and allegedly told him to “come with me to Atletico”.

Morata: A striker in demand

This is not the first time that Morata has been linked with Atletico Madrid, as they tried to sign him last summer following his return to Real Madrid from Juventus.

Morata seems almost certain to leave Los Blancos this summer and is a target for both Chelsea and Manchester United.

Of Real Madrid’s outfield players only Danilo, Fabio Coentrao, Pepe and James Rodriguez have played less than Morata.

Morata has been disappointed not to play a single minute in the recent El Clasico nor against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The Spanish striker could well be used as a makeweight for Real Madrid as they try to sign a goalkeeper this summer. They are reportedly interested in both Thibaut Courtois and David De Gea.

Watch Simeone try and tap up Morata on the video below

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone given ultimatum

diego simeone

20 days

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has been given 20 days to respond to an offer from Inter Milan.

Although Inter Milan confirmed their support for manager Stefano Pioli in official statement, Gazzetta dello Sport report that they want Simeone as his replacement.

Inter have slipped to 7th in Serie A following a run of five games without a win, including Saturday’s dramatic 5-4 defeat at Fiorentina.

Simeone

Inter have reportedly offered Simeone a five-year deal worth €11million per season.

The Argentine has guided Atletico to another Champions League semi-final, where they will face Madrid rivals Real in the final four.

The report states that Roma’s Luciano Spalletti is the club’s second choice after Simeone, and he would cost a fraction of the price.

Diego Simeone Trolled Zinedine Zidane at end of Real Madrid 1 – Atletico Madrid 1

Diego Simeone & Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid 1 – Atletico Madrid 1

In the end, the 1-1 draw was much better for Atletico Madrid, and even more so for Barcelona.

Pepe had given Real Madrid the lead on 52 minutes, from a Toni Kroos assist, but the Portuguese defender was later taken to hospital.

Atletico found an equaliser with five minutes remaining, scored by their main man Antoine Griezmann.

With five minutes to go, Angel Correa found Griezmann who slotted past Keylor Navas and pulled out a familiar celebration.

Zinedine Zidane v Diego Simeone

The Madrid derby is not just a huge game in La Liga and also a local derby, but also a battle between two men who are completely affiliated to their respective clubs.

Zinedine Zidane and Diego Simeone had battles on the pitch in both Serie A and this fixture.

And, an intriguing video has emerged of the pair in the final few seconds of the match.

Diego Simeone’s euphoric celebration in front of Zidane

We see Simeone celebrating the equaliser and when the final whistle went, Simeone simply celebrated in his manic manner.

There was no handshake between the pair and it has not gone completely unnoticed online or by the Spanish press.

As can be seen on the video below, Simeone’s euphoric celebration right in front of Zidane was noticed by the cameras and some on social media.

Diego Simeone reveals insane amount of money he was offered last summer

Diego Simeone confirms contract rumours

Simeone offer

Diego Simeone has promised to stay at Atletico Madrid for at least one more season. His feats at the Calderon have been incredible. He’s won everything at the club bar the Champions League, making the final twice.

His future plans are relatively mysterious. We know that he’d like to coach Inter Milan one day but other than that it’s hard to see where Simeone will end up. But it’s likely that he’ll get a big pay rise when he does move.

We don’t imagine that he’s earning buttons with Atleti. However, he’s not earning 35 million euros.

That’s the amount he was offered last summer, he revealed to AS.

Whether he means annually or over the course of a five-year contract, he’s not earning close to that now.

We also know that there’s one club that he definitely won’t be joining.

AS interview extract

However, after the Champions League final in Milan, you claimed that you wanted to reflect on your future with the club. Was that a spontaneous comment or something premeditated?

As I proceeded to the press room post game, I had to pass by the area where the Madrid squad were celebrating and I felt, and still feel pain. It suddenly dawned on me that a difficult year lay ahead and it would be complicated to be totally committed to the guys…

But you managed to overcome that situation?

No, I didn’t overcome it, I stated how I felt at the time and I wanted space to reflect. Is that wrong? If I’d wanted to move to another club, then I had 35 million reasons to go, 35 million reasons! But in the end, I didn’t go because I didn’t want to and I still don’t want to. I still feel a strong sense of identity with the club and in what I do here on a day to day basis and have a massive attachment to the squad and feel that we are still ‘raw recruits’.

Diego Simeone looks beyond Atletico but rules out managing one club

Diego Simeone talks about his future

Atletico Madrid legend

Diego Simeone is a God at Atletico Madrid. The club’s greatest ever manager, he guided them to the most unlikely of La Liga title wins in 2014. He’s been unlucky not to add a Champions League crown in that time, making it to the final twice in three years. Atletico fans won’t be looking forward to the day that he finally leaves. The end is nigh.

His contract will expire in 2018 after he had it shortened last September. Then he’ll take on a new project.

One team that he won’t be coaching

Speaking on the Transistor radio programme, Simeone ruled out a move to one club when he departs his beloved Atleti. No prizes for guessing: “For obvious reasons, I could never coach Real Madrid. Nor would they consider calling me.”

Interestingly, he left the door open for another Spanish club: “But yes to another Spanish team.”

Many believe that Simeone will return to his former club Inter Milan to coach them.

It’s war in the Arsenal boardroom as Madrid & Belgium coaches are targeted

Split in the Gunners board

The Mirror on Sunday have shaken up the whole security of Arsene Wenger’s position at Arsenal by announcing there’s a split in the Arsenal board over what to do about manager Arsene Wenger.

It’s worth noting that the Mirror’s update comes at the same time as it’s been widely reported Wenger has been offered a new two year deal to stay on at the club once his contract expires at the end of the season.

Further, some claim that Wenger may stay on for four more years this weekend.

Kroenke v Usmanov

Arsenal’s principle shareholder is American billionaire Stan Kroenke, while the club’s second biggest shareholder is Uzbeki billionaire Alisher Usmanov.

Usmanov, a long time critic of Wenger, reportedly wants the club to replace the manager with a Madrid star.

As for Kroenke, he wants to bring a current Belgium coach back to the club:

Arsenal’s two main backers are at war over who should succeed Arsene Wenger in the summer.

While major shareholder Stan Kroenke, together with his influential son Josh, would like Gunners legend Thierry Henry to return the club in a new management set up, Alisher Usmanov wants Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone.

In a critical line, the Mirror also reveal how Kroenke feels about Simeone, claiming the American wouldn’t want to sign the Rojiblancos manager as he’s deemed “too big a risk” because of his “volatile temperament.”

Barcelona’s Aleix Vidal swore at Diego Simeone after Atleti’s Copa del Rey KO (Video)

Aleix Vidal swore at Diego Simeone

Barcelona knock out Atletico Madrid

Barcelona progressed to the Copa del Rey on Tuesday night after a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid.

2-1 up from the first leg, a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou was enough for Barcelona to advance 3-2 on aggregate.

The second leg was a fiery affair, as Barca had Sergi Roberto and Luis Suarez both sent off. Atletico were also reduced to ten men after Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco picked up his second half marching orders.

Aleix Vidal swore at Diego Simeone

After the final whistle, TV cameras caught Barcelona defender Aleix Vidal swearing at Diego Simeone.

As the Atletico coach turned his back, Vidal flashed the well-know gesture in Spain.

Watch the footage of the incident below.

Diego Simeone the latest to drop an Antoine Griezmann Man United hint

Diego Simeone & Antoine Griezmann

The Antoine Griezmann to Man United rumours

Nobody believes that Antoine Griezmann is joining Manchester United in the January transfer window.

But, rumours have seriously gathered pace this week that Griezmann is preparing for a summer move to Old Trafford.

Already last summer, in the aftermath of Paul Pogba’s world record transfer from Juventus, Manchester United fans were getting excited about these two French superstars linking up in the Premier League.

This week, the Independent claimed that Griezmann has come to a verbal agreement to join Manchester United.

“I don’t tie anybody down”

And, fans of the Premier League giants have begun to make line-ups with Griezmann in them. Ultimately, you suspect this is pretty bad news for Wayne Rooney.

With Manchester United the most wealthy club on the planet, how can Atletico Madrid keep hold of Griezmann?

This has been hinted at as well by Atletico coach Diego Simeone, in an interview posted on AS ahead of Atletico’s Copa del Rey match won over Eibar on Thursday evening.

When asked about Manchester United paying Griezmann’s 100 million euro release clause, Simeone said: ” “I don’t tie anybody down. I simply work in order to continue getting better for the good of the club.

The Atletico coach continued: “He [Griezmann] is in an extraordinary moment, he is working well, he has got back on the scoresheet. He is currently in great form and it’s normal that the top clubs in the world want him. I’m not surprised that those that can afford him are seeking him.”

Diego Simeone takes a surprising dig at Cristiano Ronaldo

Diego Simeone

Atletico Madrid 1 – Real Betis 0

Atletico Madrid beat Real Betis 1-0 on Saturday in La Liga.

It was far from Atletico’s best performance of the season but it was a huge win in terms of the race for the top four in Spain.

Real Madrid are clear favourites for La Liga. Sevilla were second at the start of the day and Barcelona are unlikely to finish out the top two.

Atletico cement 4th

From winning La Liga and mixing with Barcelona and Real Madrid under Diego Simeone, this season it looks like Atletico will have to secure fourth before worrying about anything else.

The Atletico win means they have put together three La Liga wins on the bounce and they do have small cushion on fifth placed Villarreal.

After the game, Simeone spoke to the press and lamented a difficult 1-0 win, where the Atletico crowd was edgy.

“Go look at who won the Ballon d’or”

He was also asked about “the importance of results”, to which he replied: “Results are the most important thing. If you doubt that, go look at who won the Ballon d’or”.

Of course, Cristiano Ronaldo was the most recent winner of the Ballon d’Or.

Previously, Simeone has hailed the performances of Leo Messi saying: “Messi alone is more dangerous than Real Madrid’s attacking trio Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale”.

Simeone not a Ronaldo fan…

Ever since Simeone’s comments have come out after Atletico’s win over Betis, there has been much speculation about his motives.

Simeone was the beaten manager when Real Madrid won the Champions League for the second time in two years against Atletico.

Perhaps he feels either Messi or Antoine Griezmann should have won the Ballon d’Or?

And, there are many who feel that Ronaldo was reliant on his Real Madrid and Portugal team mates for his Ballon d’Or…

Arsenal’s ‘Wenger Out’ Brigade will be dejected with Diego Simeone’s latest quotes

Diego Simeone, Arsenal fans’ dream Wenger replacement

With a massive schism existing in the Arsenal fanbase between ‘Arsene Knows Best’ and Wenger Out’ brigades, attention is now turning to who will succeed the Arsenal manager when he eventually walks away.

The ‘Wenger Out’ Brigade are hoping and praying that he leaves at the end of this season, but that may be wishful thinking; at any rate, he could walk at the end of next season.

Watchers of Arsenal Fan TV will be aware that a lot of the Wenger Out Brigade see Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone as the ideal replacement for Wenger.

A passionate latino who lives and breathes every second of every game, the Argentine is almost the polar opposite to the urbane and professorial Wenger.

But unfortunately for the Wenger Out group, they’ll have to look elsewhere for their next manager.

Staying at Atletico

There has been a lot of noise of late that Simeone will leave Atletico at the end of the season; indeed such speculation rarely seems far away from the Argentine; he was also linked with a move away last summer.

Speaking after Atletico’s friendly in Saudi Arabia yesterday, Simeone put an end to all the speculation linking him with an imminent departure from the club:

“No, I will not leave Atletico.’

(Via Marca)

Atletico Madrid consider sensational stadium share [Marca]

Rejected plans

Atletico Madrid have big plans for their new stadium. So big and impressive that they’ve been held up by the Madrid city council, leaving Atleti in quite the quandary.

The Wanda-Metropolitano stadium is in danger of failing to be completed on time, meaning Atleti are quite worried they’ll have nowhere to play come next season – should the paperwork and stadium plans take any more time to be approved.

So the solution is apparently to ask Real Madrid if they can share the Santiago Bernabeu.

That won’t go down well

Given the rivalry between the two big sides in Madrid, you can imagine there would be a couple of issues with that, not to mention the fact Atleti players may not feel comfortable in the Bernabeu – so other Madrid based sides have also been sounded out.

Getafe and Rayo Vallecano are two of said sides, but are of course considerably smaller than the Bernabeu, meaning a temporary stadium share between two title rivals might actually come to pass.

Diego Simeone named as club coach of 2016 [IFFHS top 12 list]

Diego Simeone & Zinedine Zidane

Simeone? Really?

Over the Festive period, The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) have been publishing some of their lists of the calendar year.

The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) is an organization that chronicles the history and records of association football.

Earlier this week, they announced Manuel Neuer as goalkeeper of the year and Mark Clattenburg as referee of 2016.

Simeone beats Zidane

Those two winners are not crazy surprising, but the coach of the year has surprised many, especially in Madrid.

Diego Simeone beat Zinedine Zidane by five points, 113 to 108, thanks to experts from 56 countries all over the world who chose the Atletico coach.

Whilst Simeone is undoubtedly a brilliant coach, his 2016 was nowhere near as successful as Zinedine Zidane who won the Champions League in his first season on the bench at Real Madrid.

Ranieri?

The other surprise from the list, which features Claudio Ranieri in third, was the placing of Pitso Mosimane, who enjoyed a fantastic season with Mamelodi Sundowns.

Claudio Ranieri should also be somewhat miffed about not beating Simeone, presumably the statisticians at IFFHS don’t take into account what an achievement winning the Premier League with Leicester City really is.

See the full top 12 list of the coaches of the year below.

IFFHS top 12 list of coaches, 2016

Diego Simeone celebrates on Twitter

I am grateful for the recognition received from IFFHS for my work and that of my staff.

Diego Simeone on trying to re-sign Chelsea’s Costa

The two Diego's
The two Diego’s

Summer target

After Chelsea finished tenth last season and concerns over Costa’s disciplinary problems grew at the club, a move back to Atletico Madrid seemed more and more likely – especially after the summer arrival of Belgian striker Michy Batushuayi.

Make no mistake, Atletico’s interest in Costa was genuine.

“The problem we came up against was that there tend not to be buyout clauses in England and so Chelsea could say to us: ‘we want £180m’ or ‘we don’t want to sell,'” Simeone told Marca.

In the end, Atletico signed Kevin Gameiro rather than re-signing the striker that left the club in 2014.

“From my point of view both I and the club did everything we possibly could to get him back to Atletico but what happened was we set a date after which we had to take action and we signed Kevin Gameiro instead.”

With his form this season, Costa has firmly put those doubts about his future to rest.

He’s the Premier League’s top scorer so far this season his 13 goals have helped fired the Blues to the top of the Premier League table.

Great relationship

“I was crystal clear with Diego about what we were trying to do and how long we’d wait for an answer and that’s why we’ve still got a great relationship today,” Simeone added.

In the now unlikely event that things ever go pear-shaped for Costa at Stamford Bridge, it looks like he’ll always have a place in Simeone’s side.

Diego Simeone’s son, Giovanni, scored a brace for Genoa in 3-1 win over Juventus (Video)

Giovanni Simeone celebrates
Giovanni Simeone celebrates
Giovanni Simeone celebrates

Giovanni Simeone leads Genoa to shock win

21-year-old Argentine forward Giovanni Simeone scored twice in the first 13 minutes during yesterday’s surprise 3-1 Genoa win over Serie A league leaders Juventus.

Son of Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone, Giovanni beat Gianluigi Buffon at the second attempt before producing an excellent diving header to grab his second.

The young striker was signed from River Plate over the summer and is clearly beginning to settle in Italy. Watch his goal in the video below.

Related: Diego Simeone celebrated his son’s goals against Juventus on Instagram with an awesome photo.

Diego Simeone gave Gabi a stern talking to after ‘fragile Koke’ comments [AS]

Simeone, Koke and Gabi in training
Simeone, Koke and Gabi in training

Ill-advised joke

Diego Simeone gave Gabi a stern talking to in Atletico Madrid training on Tuesday, according to a report by AS. The Rojiblancos captain was blasted by his boss for comments he made about Koke. Gabi made an ill-advised joke when collecting an award at the Premios Gredos gala. It was a little too blunt for Simeone’s taste.

He said: “Koke is playing in the middle.

“He’s doing it well but perhaps when it comes to defending we’re more fragile. We need to go back to being a strong team at the back with everyone working together.”

Tactical shift

Simeone has changed Atletico’s tactical shape this season. They’re a more attacking side and that’s reflected in their results at this stage of the season. They’ve scored 25 goals in their opening eleven games. Only eight goals have been conceded in that time but they’re not looking as strong at the back, perhaps due to Koke’s positional shift.

Comments like that won’t help Koke improve. Gabi will think before he jokes in future.

Diego Simeone spotted in Milan as Inter rumours swirl

Diego with Giovanni Simeone
Diego with Giovanni Simeone
Diego with Giovanni Simeone

Simeone visits his son

Ever since Atletico Madrid announced that Diego Simeone’s contract would end in 2018 speculation has been rife that he would return to Inter Milan.

Simeone has not been shy to hide the fact that he is keen to coach in Italy having played for Inter Milan during his playing career.

The fact that Simeone’s contract was reduced to the end of the 2017/2018 season from 2019/2020 at Atletico Madrid has only heightened the speculation.

And, Inter Milan have recently sacked another coach in Frank De Boer and are crying out for a coach with the qualities of Simeone.

“Enjoying the day in Portofino”

On Saturday, Diego Simeone spent the day in Italy with his son Giovanni, who plays his club football for Genoa.

Diego Simeone confirmed his trip to Italy on Instagram, see the picture below, posted earlier on Saturday. Where he tagged the image with his son saying: “Enjoying the day in Portofino”.

On Saturday evening, Simeone was spotted in Milan with a picture going viral from the Italian city. See Tweet below.

Simeone apparently spent time at a famous restaurant in Milan and Inter fans will be hoping there were some discussions taking place with Nerazzurri officials.

Disfrutando del día en Portofino #portofino #italy @simeonegiovanni

A photo posted by Diego Pablo Simeone (@simeone) on

The two Diegos: Chelsea’s Costa hangs out with Atletico boss Simeone [Instagram]

Diego Costa & Diego Simeone
Diego Costa & Diego Simeone

Diego Costa & Diego Simeone

Chelsea striker Diego Costa posted an eye-catching update on social media, after the Blues attacker hug out with Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone.

Costa, of course, played for Simeone during his days with the Rojiblancos before he moved to Stamford Bridge.

Costa spent three years working for the Argentine boss before moving to Chelsea in 2014.

The Spanish international added the following tagline to his Instagram post:

Great reunion and great memories.

Gran reencuentro y grandes recuerdos @simeone

A photo posted by Diego Costa (@diego.costa) on

Costa & Atleti

Over the summer, Costa was heavily linked with a return to Atletico Madrid.

Indeed, the papers were full of claims that Costa was seeking a move back to the Spanish club, while Marca even reported that Chelsea rejected Atletico Madrid’s €60m offer for the Brazilian-born centre-forward.

However those rumours now feel like a distant memory as Costa has returned to his top form under new Blues boss Antonio Conte.

Conte has nine Premier League goals already this campaign.

Diego Simeone confirms that his Atletico Madrid contract has been shortened to two years (Video)

Diego Simeone confirms contract rumours
Diego Simeone confirms contract rumours

Diego Simeone confirms contract rumours

Simeone confirms rumours

Diego Simeone has confirmed that his Atletico Madrid contract has been shortened to two years. There were reports in the week before his press conference that he was negotiating with the club.

They agreed to shorten it from 2020 to 2018 – with increased pay, too. Nicely negotiated. This all appears to stem from the recent Champions League final defeat Atletico suffered.

It was the second in three seasons that Simeone had to endure.

Worse still, both were in agonising circumstances to bitter rivals Real Madrid. He seemed at a loss after watching his team fail after a dramatic penalty shoot-out.

Getting that paper

The details of his contract weren’t disclosed but he’s the highest-paid manager in La Liga, which is an interesting fact. He told fans and reporters to relax, that this new contract didn’t change his feelings or motivation. Watch the video below to hear Simeone out.

Diego Simeone has decided to leave Atletico Madrid before his contract expires [El Confidencial]

Diego Simeone & Atletico Madrid
Diego Simeone & Atletico Madrid
Diego Simeone & Atletico Madrid

Diego Simeone knows when he’s leaving Atletico Madrid

Spanish paper El Confidencial have an alarming report for Atletico Madrid fans on Wednesday, claiming that Diego Simeone has decided when he plans to leave the Rojiblancos.

The Argentine manager signed a contract extension with Atleti back in March 2015. That contract expires in 2020.

However Simeone has no intention of seeing out his contract, as the manager intends to bail out of the club in June 2018.

El Confidencial also report that Simeone’s exit plan is already known to insiders at the Vincente Calderon.

Where will Cholo go?

The article goes on to suggest that Simeone’s next port of call will be Inter Milan.

Someone should tell Frank De Boer!

Belief in Simeone’s move to the San Siro is anchored in the relationship the Atleti boss has with Javier Zanetti. Zanetti recently told La Nacion “Inter and Simeone will meet again”.

Should this all transpire, Manchester United fans will be given an extra boost to believe that Antoine Griezmann could be available from Atleti in the near future.

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone reveals he tried to re-sign Chelsea striker Diego Costa

Simeone speaking on Movistar Plus' show Espacio Reservado
Simeone speaking on Movistar Plus’ show Espacio Reservado

Atletico wanted to re-sign Costa

According to a report by AS, Diego Simeone has been quoted as saying that Atletico Madrid were after Chelsea striker Diego Costa earlier in the transfer window.

The quotes come from Movistar Plus show Espacio Reservado where Simeone was interviewed.

Simeone said: “The club were working on the possibility that Diego Costa arrived,”

“Then, when that did not advance, we were always very clear with Gameiro.

“I told him we were looking at getting Costa on board but that, of the alternatives given by the club, I had backed him completely. And we wanted him to be the forward to be with us this year.”

Costa now looks set to remain at Chelsea, having started and scored in the Blues’ opening Premier League match against West Ham.

If that’s the case, it would probably be a good idea for the striker to read the Premier League’s new rules. Speaking after the match, Costa revealed he was unaware of the new Premier League rules which saw him receive a yellow card.

Gaitan is ‘fantastic’

The Atletico manager did not give a reason for the move not happening, but is clearly happy with his summer recruitments, which include Argentine playmaker Nicolas Gaitan, who joined the club from Benfica for €25 million.

“[Gaitan] is a fantastic player, and we wanted him last season,” Simeone said.

“He could give us that final pass, that talent in the final third of the pitch, where it is so important for teams. He will need time, but we will get him ready to bring us a leap in quality.”

Giovanni Simeone is heading to Europe to sign a five-year deal with Genoa [Mundo Deportivo]

Giovanni Simeone
Giovanni Simeone
Giovanni Simeone

Simeone to Serie A

Giovanni Simeone is set to follow in the footsteps of his father by moving to Europe. The son of Atletico Madrid coach Diego, he’s making the big journey from Argentina. Mundo Deportivo reports that he’s signing a five-year deal with Serie A side Genoa.

Simeone senior played in Italy for six years. Joining Inter Milan after his first stint with Atletico in 1997, there he won the UEFA Cup before moving to Lazio in 1999. He helped the Eagles win only their second Serie A title. It was a glorious few seasons for them. If Giovanni achieves half as much as his father then it will be a successful sojourn.

Getting to know Giovanni

His career up until this point has been promising. Still only 21 years old, he struggled to nail down a place in the River Plate first team. Showing his potential in flashes, he went to Banfield on loan to further his progress. That was a wise move.

After scoring 12 goals in all competitions for them he was selected for Argentina’s Olympic team. Fans will be able to get a glimpse of Simeone’s talent at the tournament. The transfer is said to have cost €3 million. He’s already completed a medical.

Diego Simeone rejected approach from PSG because he wants to stay with Atletico [Di Marzio]

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diego simeone

Time to move on?

Diego Simeone is one of the best managers in world football. In fact, what he’s done with Atletico Madrid means that he will be remembered as an all-time great. He’s not globally popular. Not everyone agrees with his methods. Having a ball boy throw an extra ball onto the pitch to break up an opponent’s attack is pretty scummy.

But there’s no doubting that he’s a born winner. The Argentine coach squeezes every drop of quality out of almost every player that he coaches. Yet after the second Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in three years even Simeone seemed to believe that he had taken Atletico as far as he could, that a new challenge was needed.

Rejecting PSG

But perhaps it’s best not to take those words, said while raw from defeat, too seriously. Paris Saint-Germain, the French champions who have yet to deliver in Europe, made an approach for Simeone, Di Marzio report, only to be rejected. Although the Italian football site adds that Simeone has turned down ‘the first offer’.

PSG will undoubtedly come back with a few more offers to tempt Simeone. One imagines that the club are so rich that they could virtually ask him to name his price. It would be worth the money if it did indeed kick off a new era.

Diego Simeone believes what Atletico Madrid are doing will go down in history [Sport]

Diego Simeone

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone believes that what his team is currently doing – reaching a Champions League final against Real Madrid and level on points with league leaders Barcelona, in La Liga – will go down in history.

“What we are are doing will go down in history because we are showing a lot of people in the world that they can (achieve success). Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are the best, but be careful, because we are there,” Simeone stated in an interview with Radio Le Red (via Sport).

Simeone then went on to add that Ateltico are focused on winning the Champions League and plan to do so.

“The objective isn’t to reach the final, but to win it. And to reach that moment in good form, you have to continue working hard day-to-day. If you only focus on the 28th (of May), you won’t arrive in a good way.” said Simeone

As for the La Liga title, Simeone stated it’s as if Atletico are playing in two Champions League finals.

“We have to do our own job. The clear possibility that we have are the two games that remain, that we have to win, and that is what we are going to prepare for,” Simeone added

“It’s not easy. This year we are battling with Barcelona and Real Madrid in the league and we are also in the Champions League final against Madrid. It’s as if we were playing two Champions Leagues.” 

When questioned on his relationship with Barcelona’s 5-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, Simeone admitted that he feels ‘an enormous admiration’ for the player stating: “He is the best in the world”.

Simeone also added “We (Simeone and Messi) always talk and say hello. We have a normal relationship, just like I do with Mascherano.”

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone slaps one of his staff against Bayern Munich (Video)

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, was very animated on the touchline of his side’s Champions League semi-final game, slapping one of his staff on the shoulder in the closing minutes.

The Argentinian got a little riled up towards the end of the game and seemed as if he couldn’t hold in his emotions in, despite things going his side’s way. The game finished 2-1 to Bayern Munich (2-2 on aggregate) but Atletico Madrid progress to the final, through the away goals rule, to face either Manchester City or local rivals, Real Madrid.

Read more about Atletico Madrid’s semi-final triumph over Bayern Munich.

However, Diego Simeone, who has now lead Atletico Madrid to a second Champions League final in three years, will be hoping to keep his calm in the final, to settle any nerves from his players.

Watch Simeone’s reaction below.

Diego Simeone’s crafty plan gets around his Atletico touchline ban v Rayo Vallecano

Atletico Madrid kept up their hunt for the Spanish title on Saturday night when they took on Rayo Vallecano at home.

The Rojiblancos came into the game following their 1-0 home win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinal first leg.

One of the big pre-game talking points surrounded the absence of Diego Simeone from the Atleti bench.

The Argentine coach has been forced to watch the final three Spanish league games of the season from the stands, after his bad behaviour last weekend.

Simeone was sent to the stands during Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Malaga after a second ball was thrown onto the field.

While Simeone didn’t throw the ball on the pitch himself v Malaga, Spanish TV broadcasted footage which seemed to show the coach instructing a ball boy to do his dirty work for him.

On Saturday against Rayo, Simeone had a cunning plan to get round his ban.

While he was sat in the stands, his right hand man had a very visible microphone around his head.

Then, on the bench Gabi had a similar headset on his head.

The implication was obvious: Simeone was relaying messages down onto the bench to keep his team in order.

The plan seemed to work, as Atletico won 1-0 thanks to an Antione Griezmann strike.

Related: Atletico Madrid 1 – Rayo Vallecano 0: Antoine Griezmann scores the winner (Official highlights).