Angel Correa stayed at Atletico Madrid after links with AC Milan, but Diego Simeone does not think he has reacted negatively.
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone insists he is not worried about Angel Correa’s state of mind after his failed move to AC Milan.
Correa, 24, was strongly linked with a move away from Atletico in the transfer window and was understood to have been a primary target of Milan.
The Argentina international, who has struggled to build on his early promise, looked to have fallen further down the pecking order in attack over the pre-season, with Joao Felix arriving, Alvaro Morata already on the books and Vitolo producing some eye-catching displays.
Milan were reported to have offered him a route out and a key role in a new era at the club, but they and Atletico failed to reach an agreement for the player who is said to have been valued at €50million.
He is yet to play for Atletico this season, but Simeone is adamant Correa has a place in the squad and can be important.
“I have seen him train in the best way, with the best predisposition and prepared for what the team needs, be it on the wing or as a forward,” Simeone told reporters ahead of Saturday’s trip to Real Sociedad.
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“He is an important player. He gives us a directness and change of pace in attack that not many have. We will use him where he feels most comfortable.”
Friday is the 32nd anniversary of Simeone’s professional debut with Velez Sarsfield and the former Argentina international paid tribute to his coaches for developing him into the tactician he is today.
“I debuted 32 years ago when I was just 17 years old,” he said. “It was a beautiful stage in my career.
“I remember working with some really great coaches. They made me a better person and they helped pave my way for the future to give me that possibility to become a coach.
“That allowed me to be immersed in my big passion, which is football, and the truth is I feel very happy about that.
“To have that moment, it’s clear there were many happy and sad moments, just like life itself.”