“Steps of growth have to be completed” – Diego Simeone coy on...

“Steps of growth have to be completed” – Diego Simeone coy on future

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Diego Simeone has given little away on his immediate future following Atletico Madrid’s elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid.

Simeone signalled his intent earlier in the season to one day manage Italian giants Inter Milan, and the top post at that club has become available after Stefano Pioli was sacked on Tuesday.

But Simeone avoided discussions surrounding his next move, saying he would rather be “spontaneous”.

“I am not thinking about the future, I try to be spontaneous and honest and tonight (Wednesday) I feel passionately about what I am telling you,” he explained.

“It is a great success for this club in the last five years and also in the previous two years, making finals in the Europa League, Copa del Rey and other competitions.

“We have been growing a lot, but these steps of growth have to be completed.”

Simeone’s Atletico contract still has one more year to run.

His Rojiblancos exited the Champions League at the semi-final stage on Wednesday, losing 4-2 on aggregate against Real Madrid despite winning 2-1 on the night at the Vicente Calderon.

The Argentine insisted he was proud Atletico continued to be competitive at the highest level.

“I am very happy and proud, we have competed once again and shown why we have been fighting away at the top for the last five and a half years in the Copa del Rey, La Liga and the Champions League.”

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