The dust has yet to settle on another league season, but Atleti has begun to plan for many to come. Today the club started a new project, starting with the presentation of the new directors in charge of our footballing future.
Enrique Cerezo presented José Luis Caminero as the new Sporting Director and Carlos Aguilera as the head of our youth department to the press on Monday morning.
Our president started the press conference at the Vicente Calderón by thanking Jesús García Pítarch and José María Amorrortu, who previously occupied those positions at the club.
Cerezo described the reason behind our managerial change as part of a ‘restructuring of the sporting section’ of Atlético.
“We’ve appointed two former players who will be directing the club’s sportive decisions in the coming years. They will be responsible for the first team and the youth department and will establish a strong link between those two sections of the club.
“They will coordinate the future and build a model where we can combine signings with young players coming through our cantera. Good communication will be essential and Caminero and Aguilera have taken on this challenge with great enthusiasm,” he said.
The two new employees had the opportunity to give their views and after expressing his gratitude, Caminero touched on the subject of Kun Agüero.
“Agüero still is an Atlético player and my intention is for him to continue. I want to talk with him personally to get to know what he has in mind and then we’ll make a decision.”
He also surprisingly said he thinks De Gea will remain at the club. “Regarding De Gea, he remains at Atleti and we’re counting on him [for the future].”
Caminero’s first big task as Sporting Director is to appoint a new coach, but he didn’t name any candidates while speaking to the press. Earlier today AS reported that Rafa Benítez has turned down Atlético’s offer to take charge of the first team next season.
Milinko Pantic will train Atlético B
Today Atlético also confirmed that Milinko Pantic will be at the helm of our B-team next season.
His appointment is in line with the club’s ambition to bring young players into the first team. These last years the former player trained several of our youth teams and he knows our cantera inside-out.
Pantic will be officially presented as Atlético Madrid B coach tomorrow.
Antonio Rivas, in charge of our Filial this season also has a rich history in our youth system, but it is unknown whether he will continue at the club or try to find a new team elsewhere.