Atletico Madrid expect Diego Simeone to honour deal and shun interest

Atletico Madrid are confident that Diego Simeone, who has been linked with Manchester City in the recent past, will honour his contract in Spain.

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has been discussing the future of Diego Simeone with Radio Marca and remains convinced that the Argentine coach will honour is contract with the reigning La Liga champions.

Simeone guided Atletico to a stunning title success in 2013/14, with the domestic stranglehold of Barcelona and Real Madrid broken in spectacular style.

He also led his troops to the Champions League final, with late drama against arch-rivals Real denying them on the grandest of European stages.

His efforts are reported to have been noted outside of Madrid, with the Daily Star suggesting that he could emerge as a top target for Manchester City if Manuel Pellegrini fails to deliver major silverware at the Etihad Stadium.

Atletico, though, have no intention of parting with their highly-rated boss.

Simeone is tied to a long-term contract in Spain and has offered no indication that he will look to break that agreement in order to take on a new challenge elsewhere.

Cerezo told Radio Marca on Wednesday: “Simeone has a contract with three years still to run and he is a gentleman as well as a man of his word.

“We will have El Cholo with us for some time yet. We also have a magnificent team and there are no problems with any of the players.

“The club is delighted with the squad he has at his disposal. We have no intention of selling anybody in the transfer window, while it is virtually impossible we will be bringing in reinforcements.”

Simeone, who took in two spells with Atletico during his playing days, inherited the managerial reins in December 2011.

He oversaw a Europa League triumph in his debut campaign, before adding the UEFA Super Cup to his roll of honour in 2012 as Chelsea were blown away by Radamel Falcao.

Atletico also landed the Copa del Rey in 2012/13, so it is easy to see why they are so reluctant to part with a man who has overseen a glittering period in the club’s history.

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