Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo says he never worried about the prospect of Diego Simeone leaving the club and admits he considered re-signing Chelsea striker Diego Costa.
Simeone hinted after Atleti’s Champions League final defeat in May, their second in three seasons, that he may seek pastures new, although he later vowed to stay at the club.
Speaking about the Argentine coach on Cadena COPE, Atleti president Cerezo said: “Simeone looks good to me. He is happy and very excited. At no point did I think that he was going to leave.”
Atleti were tipped to re-sign Costa from Chelsea during the summer transfer window but struggled to persuade Chelsea to part ways with the Spain international.
Cerezo praised the fiery forward and admits they tried to bring him back to the Vicente Calderon, adding: “Costa is a magnificent player. We had the option to bring him back, but Chelsea did not let him leave.”