Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has made it clear that he will stay at the club this summer amid speculation linking him with a move away. He addressed fans following their last league game at the Vicente Calderon.
The Argentinean coach has been linked with a number of clubs, most notably former side Inter Milan who are under new, wealthy ownership. However, Simeone confirmed that he is not leaving the club and will continue to manage Atletico Madrid.
“The journalists ask me continuously if I’m going to stay and yes, I’m going to stay. And you know why I’m staying? Because this club has a future, the future is us,” Simeone said.
“I am grateful to all those who have passed through this place. 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.” Also Read: Real Madrid claim their first La Liga title in five years, beat Malaga 2-0
Diego led Atletico Madrid with considerable success since 2012 and has been a matter of speculation throughout the season after he negotiated a reduction in the length of his contract following last year’s penalty shootout loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
Simeone guided Atletico to the La Liga title and into two Champions League finals during his six seasons in charge. However, in this season Atletico finished third in La Liga with 78 points , 25 points adrift of champions Real Madrid.