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Friday 18 August 2017

Diego Simeone confirms he is staying at Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid's coach Diego
Atletico Madrid's coach Diego "Cholo" Simeone
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Diego Simeone has expressed his desire to continue as head coach at Atletico Madrid in a move that should disappoint a number of his high-profile suitors.

The Argentinian has guided Atletico to the LaLiga title and into two Champions League finals during his six seasons in charge, and with every passing year his reputation on the continent has grown.

Serie A underachievers Inter Milan are reportedly keen to hire Simeone as Stefano Pioli's long-term successor while the former Lazio player has also been linked with Premier League club Arsenal.

Simeone, 47, said on Saturday he would hold talks with the Atletico board about his future in Madrid and, following the 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao that saw his side finish third, he had made a decision.

Quoted in Marca, he said: "Journalists continually ask me if I am going to stay. Yes, I am going to stay. Do you know why I'm going to stay? Because this club has a future and that future is all of us."

Sunday's match was the last at the Vicente Calderon as Atletico prepare to move into their new Wanda Metropolitano stadium for the start of the 2017-18 season.

"I am grateful to all those who have passed through this place," Simeone added from the middle of the Calderon pitch. "The players, the coaches and the directors. All those who have built this club.

"For us the feelings run really deep. Other clubs might have more money, more trophies, but they will never be able to match the feelings that we all have for Atletico."

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