Four Reasons why Diego Simeone must leave Atleti for Inter Milan

Diego Simeone has emerged as a top target for Inter Milan new owners, the Suning Group. The consortium have resolved to make the Argentine their head coach, come next season. They did try to lure Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte to the San Siro, but Roma’s Luciano Spalletti and Atleti’s Diego Simeone present a more feasible signing.

Current Inter manager, Stefano Pioli, has endured a torrid time this term; it’s been so bad that the club owners are desperately searching for his replacement while he remains manager. Pioli has struggled to meet the high demand of Inter’s new majority (sixty-eight percent) shareholders; whatever he does now, the former Lazio boss will certainly be shown the door at the end of the season.

Diego Simeone is the man earmarked to take over from Pioli. The Argentine, had played European football at the highest level with Atletico Madrid, Lazio and Inter Milan, before hanging his boots to take up management. Atleti is the first European club he coached and he’s done a really good job with Rojiblancos.

Following his tremendous success with Rojiblancos, Inter new owners have been love-struck with El Cholo. They’ve hitherto offered him a mega deal to lead Inter out of the woods. Having sensed some feet-dragging by the Argentine tactician, the Suning group reportedly gave Simeone a twenty-day ultimatum to make up his mind; this is according to Italian sports paper, Corriere Dello Sport.

As is being reiterated, Diego Simeone has a lot of reasons to join Inter Milan. I’ve picked some five reasons in this article.

1. With Inter, he can build his own team

Over the past couple of seasons, Inter Milan has struggled to make an impact in the Serie A. They did finish fourth in the league last season, but this term, they’ve slipped to a lowly seventh, with seven games remaining. Little wonder they helplessly seek a manager to turn their fortunes around and return Inter to the pinnacle of Italian football.

Diego Simeone has been promised the required funding to create a new-look Inter. Being a manager who thrives even on a low budget, Simeone has the opportunity to build his own team and achieve greatness in Italy.

2. He’s got history with Inter Milan

El Cholo should still remember some Italian; from 1997 to 1999 he was a midfielder with the Milan club and helped the club win the UEFA cup in 1998. He knows the country and has a son, Giovanni Simeone Baldini, who currently plays in the Serie A, as a striker for Genoa.

Coaching a team you’ve once played for, is usually a tantalizing prospect for coaches and Simeone is being offered that opportunity with the Nerazzurri.

3. A chance to step out from Real’s shadow

In his first season with Atletico, he beat rivals Real Madrid to lift the Copa del Rey. He then led Atletico Madrid to a one-nil victory against Real at the Bernabéu, on their way to the 2013-14 La Liga title. That win was their first in that venue since 1999.

However, when it mattered most, in the Champions League final, Simeone and Atletico have failed to emerge from Real Madrid’s shadow. Atleti have now lost two consecutive Champions League finals to their city rivals; they’ve never won the competition before, whereas their rivals have won it eleven times. Once again, Atleti will face Real Madrid in the Champions League, this time in the semifinal, and I predict another defeat for Rojiblancos.

With Inter, Simeone has the opportunity to walk away from the intimidating shadow of Real Madrid and start something new with Inter Milan. A defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinal should prove the writing on the wall.

4. There’s little more he can do at Atleti

Diego Simeone has done it all for Atleti except win the Champions League. He’s won the La Liga and the Copa del Rey with the club both as a player and as a coach. The energetic Argentine has also led Atletico Madrid to the Champions League final twice in three years, presently to the Champions League semifinal.

Atletico Madrid under Diego Simeone has become a strong title contender in the La Liga, successfully challenging the Real Madrid and Barcelona dominance. Winning the Champions League will be the icing on Simeone’s Atleti career; that could be too much of an uphill task given Atleti’s budget.

Having done it all at Atletico Madrid, Inter beckons. With just a year left on his contract with Atleti, the timing couldn’t be better.

Reports have it that the Nerazzurri new owners have asked Diego Simeone to name his price. For a man who currently earns £5.1 million per year, following his 2015 contract, that could easily mean triple his current wages. Inter is prepared to make El Cholo one of the best paid coaches in Europe; he should be wise enough not to turn down such a mouth-watering deal.

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