Simeone rules out move to Everton

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone dismissed reports linking him with the managerial job at Everton and said his team would have to “put up with him” for the foreseeable future.

The Argentinian mentor has been a reported target of the Premier League outfit, who fired Dutchman Ronald Koeman in October after a poor start to the campaign.

The 47-year-old has a deal that runs until 2020 in Spain and he told a press conference ahead of Saturday’s La Liga match against Real Madrid that he had no intention to leave. He said, “As I’ve said on various occasions, my future is tied to Atletico. They are going to have to put up with me for the next couple of years at least. I’m absolutely sure about that.”

In addition, the Buenos Aires-born native denied that Antoine Griezmann is seeking a move away after he walked from a recent pre-match team photo session, saying, “The other day, they took the team photo just as he was leaving to take up his position on the pitch. And it makes it seem that he doesn’t want to be in the photo. I can understand journalists’ take on it – but he always does that.

“He’s the most skillful player we have, the most important player we have in attack. What I see in Griezmann is enthusiasm. The team is enjoying a good league campaign but we haven’t seen Griezmann’s best moment yet. And that’s what I’m really looking forward to.”