Report: La Liga manager to take over at Chelsea this summer

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has reportedly told the club he will be leaving to join Chelsea.

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has told the club that he will resign his post at the end of the season in order to take over at Premier League side Chelsea this summer, according to a report from Ok Diario.

The Argentine is a hugely popular figure with fans of the La Liga club due to his passionate manner on the touchline, and for leading the side to a first league title in 18 years in 2014 and to only a second ever Champions League final.

The 45-year-old, who also spent five years as a player for the Madrid side across two spells on the red and white side of the Spanish capital, only signed a new deal at the club 11 months ago and is contracted until 2020.

However, his interest is thought to have been piqued after Jose Mourinho left Chelsea earlier this season, and with Guus Hiddink's reign only seen as a temporary solution by the London club, he will allegedly be installed this summer.

The report suggests that Simeone has been offered nearly double his current wage to take over at Stamford Bridge, but that even aside from the financial motive he is ready for a new challenge after a successful four years at the Vicente Calderon.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is thought to be a long-time admirer of the Atletico boss, and the Argentine's pedigree in Spain has reportedly convinced the Russian that he is the right man for the job.

Simeone has won nearly two-thirds of the matches he has taken charge of at the Spanish club, and as well as winning La Liga he has also steered the side to glory in the Europa League, Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup.

Atletico are currently second in La Liga, three points behind leaders Barcelona and one point ahead of city rivals Real.

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