Why Simeone wants to stay with Atleti

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone often finds himself linked with other clubs, but has some valid reasons to remain at Vicente Calderon.

Los Rojiblancos have excelled under Simeone, who has helped them challenge the Clasico duopoly, and he seems to enjoy fighting the big two as an underdog.

"My dream is to stay at the club and accompany the growth it is in," he told Metro 951. "I still see many good things for the club to keep growing. Atletico is still a virgin.

"I see many ways for improvement. I see many young players that will give us balance to have a good squad.I am still excited about collective efforts, it keeps me alive.

"We won a Liga title that will always be remembered here. With Real Madrid and Barcelona, it is very rare that a team that is not one of those two does not finish between 10 to 15 points behind in third. 

"When I was young I watched Diego Maradona's Serie A-winning Napoli, it's like that fight he had with the best Inter, Juventus and AC Milan.

"The difference is with the history of Real Madrid and Barca. For them, the Copa del Rey or the Supercopa de Espana must be won, the Champions League too. It is very difficult to compete with them because they have a power beyond the budget. 

"Real Madrid, Barca and Bayern Munich have an incomparable power with anyone, even with those who have a lot of money like PSG or Manchester City."