It’s a pretty good bet that you have seen the rumours over the last 24 hours of Diego Simeone’s impending departure to the Premier League, with multiple outlets now reporting that El Cholo has told Atlético Madrid that he is leaving at the end of the season.
The Argentine manager is alleged to have agreed a deal with Chelsea to take over from Guus Hiddink. Fear not Rojiblancos, we’re here to give you six reasons why our beloved manager will still be here at the start of next season.
1) He’s already planning for the 2016/17 season, in his head
To our bitter disappointment, it looks as if Fernando Torres will be moving on this summer. After all of the fanfare of El Niño returning, it looks as if his second spell with Atlético will be eighteen months at most.
The reason? Diego Simeone has informed the 31-year-old that he does not feature in Atlético’s plan for next season.
Why would Simeone miss the opportunity to sign Torres permanently (and this is our only opportunity, given the impending transfer ban) and then scarper off to Chelsea in the summer? He wouldn’t.
2) He’s already planning for Atleti’s long-term future
Simeone has been building a team for the future at Atlético, building them around his ideas and philosophies.
This isn’t just buying players that will do a job right now, like Augusto Fernández. It’s about buying players with huge potential that will learn to play in his system.
Luciano Vietto, Ángel Correa and Matias Kranevitter are all young Argentinean players with masses of talent that Simeone brought in over the last 12 months to mould into Atleti’s future starting XI.
El Cholo is already giving the youngsters a chance. We’re one of the youngest squads in the league. In fact, the average age of our starting eleven in the recent 3-1 win over Eibar was just 23.4. Only Jesús Gámez and Gabi were over the age of 24.
Simeone is building his team for years to come in Spain.
3) He signed a long-term deal with Atlético Madrid until 2020 in March
Only eleven months ago, Diego Simeone signed a brand new contract with Atlético, announcing his attention to stay at the club until the end of the 2020 season.
“This club is in a period of absolute growth and I choose to be where I am,” he said at the official announcement back in March. “I am here because I am convinced that the club will continue to grow.”
When the deal was signed, it was said to make Simeone one of the top 4 paid managers in Europe. To top that off, all of his backroom staff signed new contracts too. Not the actions of a man expecting his immediate future to be elsewhere.
4) He won’t leave the club in the middle of a transfer ban
It’s true that Diego Simeone would love to manage Inter Milan one day, and this in the one club that I can see Cholo moving to in the future. This is likely to happen when his fire for Atlético’s project burns out.
But to leave now? When Atleti is facing a ban on buying players in either of the next two transfer windows?
This reason goes hand on hand with number five…
5) He won’t leave the club with the uncertainties over the new stadium
Diego Simeone, as one of Atlético’s greatest managers, will want to leave the best legacy he can in Madrid. This includes leaving Atleti on a platform where it can compete season-in and season-out with the likes of Barcelona and our arch-rivals Real.
In 2017, Atlético is (still) scheduled to be moving from the Vicente Calderón to La Peineta in the north of Madrid. But it’s all a bit shaky.
The plan is for Diego Simeone to take Atleti into its new home. To leave the club in just three months’ time, with the club facing a ban and an unstable future, goes against everything Simeone has worked towards for Atlético.
6) The source of the rumours is pretty much unheard of
Let us not forget the best reason. The source from Spain, and we won’t name it, is a very pro-Real Madrid based ‘news’ organisation. It exists almost entirely to destabilise the title bid of Barcelona and in recent seasons, Atlético.
With Real Madrid only a point behind us in third place in La Liga, we were always expecting an ‘announcement’ of this sort to throw a few doubts into the mix for Atlético.
And guess what? There’s only ten days until the Madrid derby. What a surprise!