Spanish footballer Fernando Torres has dismissed rumours that coach of Atletico Madrid Diego Simeone might leave the club soon.
There have been reports that Simeone reduced the length of his contract with the La Liga side as he was planning his exit. The reports claim the coach’s deal would now lapse in 2018 instead of the intended 2020.
Former Liverpool star striker Torres has set aside such speculations, adding that the team wouldn’t be distracted by such news. “It’s a hypothesis that is not real,” Torres started out. “Let’s be real. We are one month into the season, and this is a very important year for us. We want to grow after a very good season with a very complicated [UEFA Champions League] final. We are not going to get distracted thinking about what could happen nine months or a year from now,” he added.
Popular new outlet, the Daily Mail reported that the Atletico manager would be leaving at the end of the next football season. The 46-year old boss took over the team in 2011, and has taken the club to new heights in recent times. It was reported that his new deal was supposed to secure his future to the club for the next four years, but he opted to reduce it by half. The report claims Simeone wants to make a return to the Serie A where he was as a player.
Simeone featured for Italian sides Pisa, Inter Milan, and Lazio. Atletico is under a transfer embargo for 18 months, but reports say he is planning his exit. He is already one of the long serving managers in the La Liga. He was won the La Liga, breaking the Barcelona-Real Madrid stronghold, and a Copa del Rey title. He led teams to two Champions League finals, but lost both to Real Madrid. He enjoys a heroic status in the club already.