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Diego Simeone doesn't want to leave Atletico, despite Chelsea links

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Atlético Madrid's current manager Diego Simeone is one of the most sought-after names in football, being linked to a number of big European clubs at every managerial merry-go-round. But unfortunately for any of his hopeful suitors - including Chelsea -, the Argentinian isn't very keen in leaving Atlético in the future.

"Why can't I be here [at Atlético] longer? Why did I choose a five-year contract? Because I see a club that is ‘virgin' and Miguel Ángel [Gil Marín, the chief executive] and Enrique [Cerezo, the president] have the ability to open up new sources to strengthen in. It's not easy to leave Atlético."

"More than a team we are a family, and we are a real family. Obviously we have internal problems, there are players who get angry and who will get angry because they don't play. I am the father and the grandfather is a role for Miguel Ángel Gil and Enrique Cerezo."

"We have a potential that no one has. Oblak, Giménez, Vietto, Carrasco, Óliver, Koke, Correa, Saúl, Lucas, Thomas... 10 young players and the veterans are at the perfect age."

-Diego Simeone; Source: El País via The Guardian

Simeone gave the interview a day before José Mourinho's sacking, although there has been links about Chelsea contacting him over a long-term deal, with his potential tenure at Stamford Bridge beginning next summer. Still, Simeone and his current club are mounting a good challenge not only in La Liga but also in the Champions League, helped by smart purchases and good use of their youth academy players - a model that would certainly fit Chelsea.

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