In a 180 degree turn, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has refused to rule out the possibility of not signing a new deal with the club.
During his five years at Atletico, Simeone has developed into one of the best managers in the world winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Europa League as well as twice reaching the Champions League final.
The Argentine’s current contract now expires in 2018 after the club cut short his longer-term deal, and he has spoken frequently and wishfully about his plans to one day manager Serie A giants Inter, who he represented with distinction as a player.
However, Simeone has now suggested he could put pen to paper on a long-term agreement to remain in the Spanish capital.
“What happened with the contract was about what I thought was best for Atletico Madrid,” Simeone told beIN Sports,
“Everyone always says that possibly I will leave in a year-and-a-half, and what the fans might think of that. But I could also extend the contract.
“The media are very skilful at creating controversies, which is fine, it must be accepted, and maybe you should answer better so it does not happen.”
Simeone’s son Giovanni, who plays for Serie A club Genoa, fuelled rumours his father will return to Inter last month.
“They asked my sister did she think that someday I would coach in Italy, and she said it could happen, it would not be strange,” he said.
“They asked my son one day at a Genoa versus Inter game and he said it could happen someday.
“I have chosen not to speak any more, especially as the results of the team are not great. The important thing for the Atletico fans are the facts.
“Words come and go, but facts show you the real person. When I leave here it will be because it is good for the club.”