Date: 12 May 2017 11:08
It seems that the Argentine is going to stay at the helm of the Champions League semi-finalists and he is looking forward to the challenges ahead
Diego Simeone gave a strong indication that he will still be Atletico Madrid head coach next season after claiming his presence, as a hologram, at an Audi Cup news conference was proof of his commitment.
Doubts over the long-term future of Simeone in the Spanish capital have persisted throughout the season, with the Argentine admitting to his desire to coach Inter – who he represented during his playing career – in the future.
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Speculation of a San Siro return has gathered pace following the Nerazzurri's sacking of Stefano Pioli this week.
But Simeone – who led Atleti to LaLiga glory in the 2013-14 season – suggested that, at least for the time being, his future remains with his present employers, hence his appearance at a media conference to promote the pre-season Audi Cup tournament.
When asked about his future, Simeone replied: "We are talking to you, so it seems I will be the manager next season if everything goes right with the club. We will see each other in Germany very soon."
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Atleti will be competing alongside Bayern Munich, Liverpool and a fourth team, to be confirmed at a later date, at the tournament in Munich.
"We are very glad how Atletico Madrid are growing these past years, so we have this chance of playing this tournament," he added.
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"It's a great step to start the new season with a strong pace. We weren't used to [playing] these kind of matches.
"We will take advantage of this because to grow we need to play these kinds of friendlies... it will be a clue [of] what we are facing next season."