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Diego Simeone committed to Atletico Madrid despite player exodus | Football News

Last Updated: 22/05/19 2:03pm

Diego Simeone is committed to Atletico Madrid

Diego Simeone is committed to Atletico Madrid

Diego Simeone is committed to Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has pledged his future to the La Liga club despite an expected exodus of senior players from the Estadio Metropolitano this summer.

Argentine Simeone, 49, has said he will oversee the changing of the guard as he looks to rebuild the 2014 La Liga winners, who came second this term behind runaway champions Barcelona.

“I like my job, I feel very identified and committed to the club. I know that year-on-year it’s always more difficult and that makes us see our real selves and generate enthusiasm,” Simeone said.

“Next season we’ll bring in players with great enthusiasm and hopefully adapt to the responsibility that means being at Atletico. We’ll need a new defence with a lot of new pieces.”

His squad faces a major overhaul including the departure of the first-choice back four, with Juanfran, Diego Godin and Filipe Luis leaving on free transfers, while Lucas Hernandez is joining Bayern Munich.

Antoine Griezmann wants to leave Atletico Madrid Antoine Griezmann wants to leave Atletico Madrid

Antoine Griezmann wants to leave Atletico Madrid

The club’s talisman, France forward Antoine Griezmann, also announced last week that he will leave the club, with Spanish champions Barcelona his likely destination.

Midfielder Rodrigo has also been heavily linked to English champions Manchester City, while there has been speculation about Spain forward Diego Costa’s future.

“Griezmann’s departure means a lot, not only for his talent but also it means well lose a lot of goals, which will be tough and hard to replace. We have got the midfield in place and the rest of it will be down to work, work and more work.”

In February, former Argentina midfielder Simeone, who spent two separate spells at Atleti as a player, renewed his contract until 2022, meaning he is headed for a decade in charge.

He has won seven trophies with the club, including two Europa League titles, one Copa del Rey and one La Liga title, and has taken them to two Champions League finals, losing in 2014 and 2016 to Real Madrid.

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