Atletico Madrid boss, Simeone reveals what he did when Barca told Messi to leave
Diego Simeone, the Atletico Madrid manager, has revealed that he made an attempt to sign Lionel Messi immediately Barcelona told the Argentine captain to leave Camp Nou for a new club.
Simeone explained that he had to call his striker, Luis Suarez, who is a close friend of Messi, to ask about the 34-year-old’s situation in a bid to sign him for Atletico.
Recall that Messi left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer transfer window.
Messi was told to leave Barcelona for a new club after the Catalan club was unable to extend his contract due to LaLiga’s regulations.
“I will tell you something, when all that happened at Barcelona, we called Luis [Suarez] with nothing but respect,” Simeone told Ole magazine.
“I didn’t call Leo [Messi], but I did call Luis and I asked him about how [Messi] was, what he was thinking if there was the slightest, hypothetical chance that he might come to Atletico Madrid.
“But that lasted all of three hours. Paris Saint-Germain were clearly obsessed with bringing him in.”
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