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Diego Simeone Only Open To Managing One Premier League Club

Diego Simeone Only Open To Managing One Premier League Club
By Arthur James O'Dea

Just over six years into his reign as manager of Atletico Madrid, Diego Simeone remains something of a misnomer among Europe's elite-level coaches.

Having guided the Madrid club to a league title, two Champions League finals, a Europa League win and a smattering of other cup successes, the Argentine's pedigree is unquestionable.

However, unlike many of his contemporaries, Simeone has appeared thus far content to remain where he is. Overseeing Atletico's move into a new stadium, he has only served to enhance his importance to a club that he also enjoyed a profitable spell with as a player.

It is little surprise that in their near-constant search for a new manager, Chelsea have and continue to court his services.

However, according to reports in The Times, Simeone "has made it clear through intermediaries that he does not see his future at Chelsea."

With two and a half years left on his contract at Atletico, it is understood that a preference for a "Latin lifestyle" has left Simeone open only to continuing where he is, or potentially to reunite with Inter Milan in Italy.

However, the same report has suggested that the Argentine would break with this intended plan should one particular club come calling; Manchester United:

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The 47-year-old would consider an approach from Manchester United because of the stature of the club.

The Times has learnt that Simeone held talks with United about replacing David Moyes in 2014 on the eve of Atletico's Champions League semi-final with Chelsea.

He was unwilling, though, to commit to them at that stage of the season, leading the club to turn to Louis van Gaal.

Although Jose Mourinho shows no signs of departing United for the foreseeable future, the prospect of the fiery Argentine taking over from him would no doubt please many United fans.

See Also: "Fuming" Ian Harte Rants About "Too Many Foreign Players" At Leeds

 

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