Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone responds to Arsenal job speculation

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone responds to Arsenal job speculation
There have been rumours that Arsenal have already reached out to Simeone (Picture: Getty)

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone says he has had no contact with Arsenal about potentially replacing Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman announced he would leave the club.

Wenger shocked the football world last Friday when he revealed this season would be his last in charge of the Gunners, and already a host of high-profile managers have been linked with the soon-to-be-vacant post.

Simeone – who takes his Atletico side to the Emirates on Thursday for the first leg of their Europa League semi-final – is among the candidates, though he says there have been no talks yet.

Arsenal's coach Arsene Wenger from France looks on during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first-leg football match AC Milan Vs Arsenal at the 'San Siro Stadium' in Milan on March 8, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO BERTORELLOMARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images
Wenger will step down at the end of the season and Simeone has been linked with the job (Getty)

Asked if he had spoken to anyone at Arsenal, Simeone told his pre-match press conference: No, I havent spoken with anyone at Arsenal.


On his respect for Wenger, he continued: The first thing that comes to mind is admiration for [Wenger]. Hes had to reinvent himself.

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I see myself as a young coach and I want to observe him and learn from him. The position he has occupied in football is wonderful.

Given the love he [Wenger] has for Arsenal he will want his team to continue winning.

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone responds to Arsenal job speculation
Simeone took charge of training at the Emirates on Wednesday (Picture: Getty)

Its always great to take ideas from a coach like Wenger.

On his players motivation for the tie, and specifically ex Chelsea frontman Diego Costa, Simone added: In terms of Diego he is just as motivated as our backup keeper. We are all motivated. Arsenal will demand us to be at our best.

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