Atletico Madrid’s president has called Diego Simeone “untouchable” amid reports linking him with the vacant Everton job.
Everton owner Farhad Moshiri is in the process of discussing who will replace former Toffees boss Ronald Koeman and the Simeone is the club’s top target, SSN understands.
Despite the relatively poor start to the season, Atleti president Enrique Cerezo insists the Argentinian manager isn’t going anywhere.
“I want to say this in a loud voice,” said Cerezo. “Simeone is untouchable at Atletico Madrid, for the players, for the directors and for the supporters. Having doubts about Cholo Simeone is not allowed here.”
Cerezo has said Atletico currently have their best-ever squad and, asked about that comment, he said: “I keep saying so. We are playing a game, and games are the way they are. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.”
Atletico have failed to win in the Champions League so far this season, having drawn with Roma, lost to Chelsea and then twice been held to draws by Qarabag.
“We could have scored four against Roma and then we had 14,000 chances against Qarabag,” he said. “It’s not just a problem specific to Atletico that players can be more or less clinical, but it’s a problem for a lot of elite clubs.
“I keep saying we have a fantastic squad, a wonderful coach and a phenomenal fanbase. That’s enough for me.”