Diego Simeone has admitted that he wished to carry Lionel Messi to Atletico Madrid this summer, indicating he referred to as Luis Suarez to check with if a offer was feasible.
Messi turned a totally free agent when his Barcelona deal expired on June 30, and prepared to continue to be until eventually the club introduced that economical troubles would stop them from registering a new, agreed offer.
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The 34-year-aged finally signed for Paris Saint-Germain on August 10, signing a two-calendar year deal with the choice of a further yr.
“When what occurred at Barcelona occurred, we referred to as Luis,” Simeone advised Argentinian newspaper Diario Ole on Tuesday. “I failed to get in touch with Leo. But I termed Luis to say ‘look, how is he? Would he be eager? Is there the slightest probability… imagining that he could occur to Atletico Madrid.”
Suarez — Messi’s closest buddy and confidant in their time together at Barcelona — experienced moved to Atletico a year before in September 2020, immediately after remaining advised he was surplus to needs at Camp Nou by coach Ronald Koeman.
The Uruguay forward has relished a job renaissance in Madrid, scoring 21 league aims last time to assist fire Atletico to their to start with LaLiga title given that 2014.
Simeone stated that his hopes of landing Messi ended up limited-lived, when it became evident that talks with PSG experienced already progressed drastically.
“It lasted about 3 several hours,” he mentioned. “Clearly Paris Saint-Germain had been obsessed with that signing. The fact is that [coaching Messi] has not took place mainly because he’s been at Barcelona, we’ve been at Atletico, and though he is been with the nationwide crew I haven’t been there.”
He extra, laughing: “It’s like an aeroplane that you see in the sky and say ‘there it goes…'”
Messi scored his initially purpose for PSG last month, in a 2- Champions League get around Manchester City.
“If you check with me where Messi really should enjoy: in a team that wants to earn,” Simeone said. “He should engage in in a workforce that knows what to do to get. It isn’t going to make a difference where. In a team that wants to acquire and is prepared to gain. Don’t fear about him. Worry about the group.”