Diego Simeone is set to make his sensational exit from Atletico Madrid and has been tipped to make a stunning move to the Premier League, according to reports.
Simeone, who arrived at the club in 2011, enjoyed incredible success with Atletico amid the dominance of Spanish football from Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The Atletico manager broke Barcelona and Madrid’s impasse over the La Liga title by leading the club to the Spanish top-flight trophy twice.
Simeone also won two Europa League titles and the Copa del Rey with Atletico, while leading his side to two Champions League finals.
However, Atletico have been disappointing under Simeone this season and languish fifth in the table, with the club one point behind Real Betis.
A challenge for the La Liga title is also out of the question for Atletico, with Simeone’s men having left 14 points behind league leaders Barcelona.
Spanish tv show The Chiringuito now reports that Simeone, who is contracted until 2024, has ‘made up his mind’ on his future with Atletico.
The Atletico manager has reportedly spoken with the club’s hierarchy about his desire to leave the Wanda Metropolitano this summer.
Simeone has been linked with a sensational return to the San Siro with Inter Milan, but the Argentine has also attracted interest from the Premier League in the past.
The 52-year-old was tipped by Roy Keane to be named Manchester United’s next manager ahead of Erik ten Hag’s arrival.
Despite missing out on a sensational move to Old Trafford, former Atletico defender Kieran Trippier has advised ex-boss Simeone to handle the Premier League.
“I would love to see him in the Premier League because I think he would be amazing,” said Trippier, who won the La Liga title under Simeone.
“Simeone has been amazing with me. He knew how I played. He changed my game defensively. He changed my game and the work I did individually, and I learned a lot from him.
“His management of men was incredible. We lived in a complex called La Finca in Madrid. It was like St George’s Park, [with] lakes, fields and others.
“You saw him on a walk and you tried to chat. His wife speaks perfect English. Will he ever be able to manage in England? I would very much like to see it.
“He’s a manager who needs to be fluent because he wants to get his message across. If he couldn’t get his message across, he would become restless, frustrated.”