Diego Simeone quizzed about Manchester United job ahead of Chelsea match

Atletico Madrid boss declined to comment on the potential vacancy.

Just as rumours of David Moyes sacking reached a crescendo yesterday, over in Spain, Diego Simeone was taking a press conference.

The popular Atletico Madrid boss was preparing for Tuesday night's Champions League semi-final against Chelsea, when he was asked whether he would consider taking over from David Moyes.

Yet predictably the Argentine game short shrift with his response.

"With all respect to the question, we have an important match tomorrow which don't let me think about this."

Simeone has achieved wonders at Atletico this season, without the financial free-reign afforded to their rivals Real Madrid.

The clear vision he has for the club has seen him installed as a popular, trendy choice, to potentially replace David Moyes should his sacking become confirmed after just one season at Manchester United.

Simeone is aiming to win both La Liga and the Champions League with Atletico this season, in what could be one of the greatest feats in Spanish football history.

Whether he would leave the club if he achieves his goals is another matter.

Last summer he signed a four-year deal at Atletico, and United will face a tough task to prise him away from a club where he is regarded as a hero.

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