Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has admitted that he tried to signal Lionel Messi when striker Barcelona’s contract expired this summer season.
Messi had an settlement on new phrases with Barcelona for a number of months and thought he would keep on the Camp Nou, simply as a result of La Liga’s wage cap would get in the best way and stop Barcelona from getting the extension over the road.
In the tip, Messi sealed a fast transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, however Simeone has admitted that he tried to make use of Messi’s shut good friend Luis Suarez to grasp a blockbuster change to Atleti.
“I’m going to let in a little secret,” he instructed Ole. “When what happened in Barcelona happened, I called Luis, with all due respect. I did not call Leo but Luis.
“I requested him to learn how he was doing, what he was pondering and if there was even the slightest chance of coming to Atletico Madrid.
“It all lasted for three hours. Paris Saint-Germain were obviously obsessed with his signing. The truth is that it will never happen to him because he was always in Barcelona and we are Atletico in Madrid.”
You should fee Simeone’s efforts. Messi and Suarez are identified for being extremely shut pals, with each gamers struggling when the latter was rejected by Barcelona within the summer season of 2020, so it was undoubtedly value a shot.
The two golf equipment stopped doing enterprise with one another, with Antoine Griezmann returning to Atletico on a first-season mortgage with an obligation to purchase for 40 million euros (34 million kilos).
Griezmann was a late substitute when the 2 sides met simply earlier than the worldwide break, and Atleti got here out with a 2-0 victory due to objectives from Suarez and Thomas Lemar.