Manchester City's hopes of appointing Diego Simeone as their next manager are fading following comments made by Tiago Mendes, who has urged the Argentinian coach to commit his future to Atletico Madrid for the next decade.
The former Chelsea midfielder was asked for his opinion on the South American tactician, who orchestrated Los Rojiblancos' surprise La Liga title triumph last season, and also guided the Spanish champions to the Champions League final back in May.
Tiago made no secret of his desire for Simeone to stay at Vicente Calderon for the long-term, despite the fact he has attracted alleged interest from the Citizens.
"We would love him to renew his deal," the 33-year-old was quoted saying by talkSPORT. "There is talk about five years but if it was up to us he should renew for at least ten years.
"We players are very happy to work with him and I think you see that. The fans feel the same way, to say that, he could easily sign up for ten years."
With Manuel Pellegrini's future at the Etihad Stadium understood to be up in the air, City's chances of replacing the Chilean with the highly-rated Simeone now look slim, especially given the 44-year-old's loyalty to Los Colchoneros.
Atletico might have struggled to replicate their league form of 2013/14 with a seven-point gap between themselves and local rivals Real Madrid at the top of the table, but it certainly seems the sought-after coach is in it for the long-haul amid speculation he's on the verge of signing a new and improved deal with his current club.
Simeone ruled his side out of this year's Spanish title race at the weekend, but he could already be planning for another domestic challenge with Atleti next term.
Manchester City fans: Do you want to see Manuel Pellegrini sacked at the end of the season? If Diego Simeone is off-limits then who would you like to replace the Chilean at the Etihad Stadium? Share your thoughts below...