Diego Simeone could have been Manchester United manager instead of Louis van Gaal and is preparing to take up a job in England in the not too distant future.
According to The Sun, the Old Trafford club made contact with the Atletico Madrid manager last summer after David Moyes was sacked only ten months into succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson.
Not ready to move
Simeone was not prepared to leave the Vicente Calderon last summer and told the Premier League giants that he would be staying put for at least another season. Manchester United then decided to make the move to appoint Van Gaal, who agreed to take over after leading Netherlands at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Oranje managed to finish third in the competition and their manager garnered lots of praise for the way he got them playing and making shrewd tactical adjustments.
However, it has not exactly gone to plan in the opening two games of Van Gaal’s maiden Premier League season, with Manchester United being widely panned after losing the season curtain-raiser 2-1 at home to Swansea City and only managing a dull 1-1 draw away at Sunderland on Sunday.
As for Simeone, the report claims that although a move to Manchester United is off the cards for the moment, he is not ruling out taking a job in the Premier League and has been learning English for the past year.
“Now is not the time for England. But he’s been learning English for a year,” the report quotes a source close to Simeone as saying.
"He already speaks Italian and taking charge of one of his former clubs Inter or Lazio would be a dream. But do not rule out England as his next stop.”
It would be no surprise if one of the Premier League’s top clubs pursue the Argentine as he has done an incredible job with Atletico Madrid since taking over.
They were struggling in midtable of La Liga when he took over, but he turned things around and led them to the Europa League title.
Last season he did even better by beating both Real Madrid and Barcelona to the Spanish title and was a seconds of injury time away from making it a double with the Champions League, only for a Sergio Ramos header to take the match to extra-time and Carlo Ancelotti’s side prevailed to claim la Decima.