Diego Simeone has admitted that he preferred to provide Lionel Messi to Atletico Madrid this summer time, indicating he called Luis Suarez to ask if a deal was achievable.
Messi turned a free agent when his Barcelona contract expired on June 30, and prepared to remain until the club announced that economic difficulties would reduce them from registering a new, agreed deal.
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The 34-12 months-outdated eventually signed for Paris Saint-Germain on August 10, signing a two-yr contract with the option of a additional year.
“When what happened at Barcelona took place, we identified as Luis,” Simeone told Argentinian newspaper Diario Ole on Tuesday. “I did not call Leo. But I known as Luis to say ‘look, how is he? Would he be eager? Is there the slightest risk… imagining that he could appear to Atletico Madrid.”
Suarez — Messi’s closest pal and confidant in their time collectively at Barcelona — experienced moved to Atletico a yr before in September 2020, immediately after becoming informed he was surplus to requirements at Camp Nou by coach Ronald Koeman.
The Uruguay forward has savored a occupation renaissance in Madrid, scoring 21 league aims previous year to assist hearth Atletico to their 1st LaLiga title considering that 2014.
Simeone reported that his hopes of landing Messi ended up limited-lived, after it became clear that talks with PSG experienced presently progressed significantly.
“It lasted about 3 hours,” he reported. “Definitely Paris Saint-Germain have been obsessed with that signing. The fact is that [coaching Messi] hasn’t happened since he is been at Barcelona, we have been at Atletico, and whilst he’s been with the nationwide staff I have not been there.”
He additional, laughing: “It really is like an aeroplane that you see in the sky and say ‘there it goes…'”
Messi scored his initially goal for PSG previous thirty day period, in a 2- Champions League earn around Manchester City.
“If you check with me exactly where Messi ought to engage in: in a staff that would like to earn,” Simeone said. “He need to engage in in a staff that is familiar with what to do to gain. It isn’t going to make any difference exactly where. In a crew that would like to acquire and is geared up to win. Don’t fear about him. Worry about the workforce.”