Diego Simeone has reportedly told Atletico Madrid that he is leaving the Vicente Calderon in the summer and taking over as Guus Hiddink's replacement at Stamford Bridge. The news, first reported by OK Diario and brought to us by Metro is said to be worth £9.28 million per year.
Despite the fact that Simeone just signed a new deal with Atletico until 2020, is currently embroiled in a battle for La Liga's crown with both Barcelona and Real Madrid and has a last sixteen tie against PSV Eindhoven on the horizon, these reports suggest that the Argentine manager had time to negotiate details of the biggest move of his career.
Roman Abramovich is said to be upset at having lost out on Pep Guardiola to Manchester City and with Jose Mourinho also reportedly going to Manchester United in the summer, it would make sense that Chelsea try to poach the best of the best managers. Diego Simeone has a deeply entrenched love for Atletico Madrid, however, and he has said he wants to remain at the club in order to see the team move to their new stadium.
Atletico Madrid are on the up and Chelsea, with no Champions League to look forward to next year, are in a state of transition. You have to ask yourself would Simeone really commit to an unknown future in England when he has full control and a bright future at the Vicente Calderon?
Or you could look at Sport Witness' twitter account and see tweets like this in relation to the reporter on the Simeone to Chelsea stuff.
He's the same guy who said Hazard was going to Real Madrid for €25m.— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) February 16, 2016