Diego Simeone says he will be happy whatever Radamel Falcao decides to do in the future, even if that means leaving Atletico Madrid.
The Colombian striker has been the subject of transfer speculation since the end of last season and yesterday refuelled suggestions of a departure from the Calderon with some particular comments.
For Simeone, it is an understandable situation and one that the Coach implied today he won’t interfere in.
“Whatever happens to Falcao will make me happy, because I have known him since he was a boy,” reflected El Cholo in today’s Press conference.
“All this I also said before the Europa League Final against Athletic, that he would have options to leave because he is one of the best in the world. It is normal for this to happen with the big players.
“It all depends on if the clubs agree with each other, and more than that. I know him and he deserves all the good things that will happen for him.”
Simeone was asked about the fact that Falcao has yet to appear in the Europa League this term and whether or not that was with a January sale in mind.
“I’m the Coach and I do not have to explain. I have to build a team and win. I do not stop to explain or understand situations. I do what the club needs in order to be ready for three competitions.”
The next competition for Atleti is the League once more, with a trip to Granada coming up on Sunday evening.
“This will be more than just three points, because we expect a hard game and a lot of workrate. They played a great game against Betis, but also against Athletic. Benitez has returned and they are an improving side. It is an important game for us to continue on the same path.
“Granada do not have the points that they deserve. With Benitez they have a good left wing, they also have a good attack, they are brave and are good playing from the back.
“And in the middle of the park they have Iriney and Rico, who are experienced in La Primera. They are a dangerous team.”
Atletico recently lost two on the bounce, but Simeone reflected that it is already behind the team.
“Except for against Academica, the team’s identity has always been reflected. We always knew we play as a unit. We did so again against Getafe in the first half at the weekend, which was very good.
“People who are expecting us to lose serve to bring us out and empower us. We are not moving away from what we are doing as a group and as a team.”