Sime­one stay­ing put at Atletico

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MADRID: Diego Sime­one stressed on Sun­day he will re­main as Atletico Madrid coach next sea­son af­ter the Span­ish gi­ants waved good­bye to their Vi­cente Calderon sta­dium with a 3-1 win over Ath­letic Bil­bao.

Sime­one has trans­formed Atletico’s for­tunes over the past five-and-a-half years and promised to stay to see the club move into their new 67,000 Wanda Metropoli­tano home next sea­son.

“The jour­nal­ists ask me con­stantly if I am go­ing to stay. Yes, I am go­ing to stay,” Sime­one told an ador­ing crowd as Atletico hon­oured leg­ends past and present in a cer­e­mony af­ter their fi­nal com­pet­i­tive match at the Calderon.

“And do you know why I am go­ing to stay? I am go­ing to stay be­cause this club have a fu­ture and this fu­ture is all of us.”

Atletico fin­ished third in La Liga for a third straight sea­son since break­ing Real Madrid and Barcelona’s hege­mony by win­ning the ti­tle in 2013/14.

Sime­one’s men also fell to Barca and Madrid in the semi-fi­nals of the King’s Cup and Cham­pi­ons League re­spec­tively.

How­ever, the Ar­gen­tine, who also had two spells as a player for Atletico, said his ties to the club go be­yond win­ning ti­tles.

“There are other teams that may have more money, a few tro­phies more than us, but they will never match the feel­ing you (the fans) have for Atletico.” AFP

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