Diego Simeone dismisses talk of an Atletico Madrid exit amid Arsenal links

Diego Simeone
Diego Simeone’s future at Atletico de Madrid has come under question (Picture: Getty Images)

Diego Simeone has dismissed speculation that he is close to leaving Atletico Madrid amid rumours that Arsenal want to make him their next permanent manager.

Simeone’s side have been in poor form in recent weeks, winning just one of their last seven games in all competitions.

This string of disappointing results has seen Atleti slip to sixth in La Liga and leaves them needing a win over Lokomotiv Moscow next week to guarantee progression to the Champions League knockout stages.

Reports have emerged that Simeone could be set for the exit door unless results improve soon, starting on Friday night at Villarreal, but the Argentinian claims this is not the case and he is facing the same pressure as any other season.

‘In the eight years that I have been here, it has been said that the group was not with me every year,’ said the 49-year-old.

‘There is always a moment of speculation. However, we move forward with patience and lots of energy.

‘I don’t think there has been more criticism than in other seasons.

Diego Simeone
Simeone would not be short of offers if he were to leave Atletico Madrid (Picture: Getty Images)

‘The responsibility I have is a lot. I assume it and share it with players, club, people who work in the dressing room.

‘We all have responsibility – mine is important, I assume it and I look for solutions so that everything returns to the best situation, which is to win. When you win, everything looks much better.’

Simeone has been mentioned as a candidate to take over as permanent manager at Arsenal after the recent sacking of Unai Emery.

However, it appears that he has no intention of leaving the Spanish capital any time soon and any move to London would only become an option if he were sacked.

In charge at Atletico since 2011, Simeone has overseen a huge amount of change at the club and after their last league defeat to Barcelona on Sunday, he reminded fans and the media that this was another season of transition.

‘Change will come and, instead of hitting the post, the ball will go in,’ he said. ‘We have to stay patient and know that we’re in a year of transition.’

Atletico did see a number of high profile players leave over the summer as Antonie Griezmann, Diego Godin, Rodri, Lucas Hernandez, Juanfran, Filipe Luis and Gelson Martins all departed.

Simeone is building a new side and remains confident that he is the man to do so.

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