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Diego Simeone has no intention to leave Atletico Madrid in the summer

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According to MARCA, Diego Simeone has no intention to leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the season, despite reports suggesting otherwise.

The Argentine tactician has been in charge of the team for over a decade now and has achieved great things during his time at the Spanish capital club.

However, things have not gone according to plans for Simeone and Atleti in the current season.

Indeed, the Rojiblancos are already pretty much out of the La Liga title race while they have also crashed out of Europe. It has brought Simeone under scrutiny, with there being a feeling that his time in charge of Atletico Madrid could be drawing to a close.

Reports even suggested that the manager had already informed CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin that he wants to leave in the summer.

But, as per MARCA, there is no truth to these speculations as Simeone has no intentions of leaving the Civitas Metropolitano before or at the end of the season.

The 52-year-old has a contract with Atletico Madrid until the summer of 2024. And, at the moment, neither he wants to leave nor the CEO is looking to force him out of the club.

Despite the dip this season, it must be noted that Simeone has won several titles during his time at Atletico Madrid and has also led them to ten consecutive UEFA Champions League qualifications.

Furthermore, it is also stated that Joao Felix’s contract extension before his loan exit to Chelsea has nothing to do with Simeone’s future.

It is no secret that things are not okay between Felix and Simeone, but the forward left Atletico on loan only after signing a new deal until the summer of 2027.

While that may be so, it was done only to lower the amortisation costs and has no bearing on Simeone and his future at the club.

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Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer

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Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.

But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.

Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.

But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.

However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.

Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.

Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.

So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.

The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.

But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.

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