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Football Transfer News – Simeone Asked Suarez to Call Messi to Atletico

Football Transfer News – Simeone Asked Suarez to Call Messi to Atletico

For years, Lionel Messi had been a thorn in the side of Atletico Madrid. But the defending La Liga champions’ head coach Diego Simeone now alleges that he tried to sign Barca captain Messi. He even enlisted another former Barcelona legend, Luis Suarez, to champion this cause after Messi, his best friend, left Barcelona. Though Messi eventually moved to Paris Saint-Germain in football transfer news, Simeone asked Suarez to call Messi to Atletico Madrid.

Football Transfer News – Simeone Asked Suarez to Call Messi to Atletico

Prior to Lionel Messi signing for Paris Saint-Germain, Diego Simeone asked Luis Suarez to approach his friend and former teammate.

Simeone wanted Suarez to approach Messi about the possibility of the six-time Ballon d’Or winner joining Atletico Madrid.

The coach revealed that he wanted to reunite Suarez and Messi when the Barcelona legend became available following his departure.

“I’ll tell you a detail… With what happened in Barcelona, we called Luis [Suarez],” Simeone told Argentine outlet Ole.  

He was responding to questions about any potential move for his compatriot, his countryman, Lionel Messi.

And he said: “With all due respect, I didn’t call Leo [Messi], but I did call Luis to ask how Messi was doing, if he was eager or if there was a slight possibility that he would come to Atletico.”

However, the mission to secure the 34-year-old came to an abrupt end, as Simeone explained: “[It was] something that lasted three hours because PSG was already obsessed with that [signing].”

“He was always at Barcelona, I was always at Atletico [during Messi’s career] and we didn’t coincide as players in the national team,” Simeone continued.

The Atletico Madrid coach, however, went on to finish: “But to me, if you ask me where Messi has to play, I tell you in a team that wants to win, in a team that knows what it has to do to win.

“It doesn’t matter where he plays, it matters that the team is prepared to win. Don’t think about him, think about the team.”

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