After masterminding a UEFA Champions League semi-final win against Bayern Munich, Diego Simeone is undoubtedly one of the hottest managerial properties in European football, but would he entertain a move to the Premier League?
The Argentine’s record speaks for itself, having won 7 trophies in 10 years as a manager, including the Argentine Primera Division, Copa Del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and, of course, La Liga in 2013/14.
It was a disappointing season last year at the Vicente Calderon, surrendering the league title to Catalan giants Barcelona after losing three of their key players in Courtois (end of loan), Diego Costa and Felipe Luis to Chelsea.
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However, his managerial credentials have been enhanced once again after a stellar performance in both La Liga, where they are joint top with Barcelona, and have reached the Champions League final for the second time in three seasons.
It was no easy task for Simeone, but he's managed to reenergize Atletico to make them a true European force once again. He was given a lot of money to spend in the summer, which is a testament to the clubs trust in their coach, and didn’t let them down. Recruiting excellently in the transfer window, he has also worked on improving the current crop of players, the sign of a truly great coach.
The signings of Felipe Luis, Yannick Ferreira Carrasco and Augusto Fernandez have proved astute buys, whilst the improvement of Koke, Jose Maria Gimenez and the goals of Antoine Griezmann have been huge towards the success of Atletico Madrid this season.
It's easy to see why Premier League clubs would be interested in taking him, with his team having conceded just 16 goals in the league all season. To put that figure into perspective, that’s 12 less than Tottenham Hotspur and 18 less than Premier League champions Leicester City.
So why would he want to leave Atletico?
He's managing one of the biggest clubs in European football, by his own making, who regularly challenging for the big trophies and is worshipped by the clubs fans. With Atletico due to move to their new stadium next season, as well as having an average squad age of just 26, what could Premier League teams offer Simeone that La Liga couldn’t?
Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Leicester City and Arsenal have no plans to change manager, leaving Manchester United as the only option, but they continue to be heavily linked with Jose Mourinho.
The bond that Simeone has with Atletico is one that will be hard to break, and I can’t see any Premier League being able to tempt him, not yet anyway.
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