Diego Simeone has admitted that keeping Radamel Falcao at Atletico Madrid would be difficult, but he is confident the club can replace him.
Falcao is expected to be the subject of a number of transfer bids this coming summer, with Real Madrid and Chelsea both rumoured to be considering moves.
“It’s complicated, but it would be great if he could stay. I’m not his representative, nor am I Falcao,” reflected his Coach Simeone on Onda Cero this week.
“Falcao has given me a lot and is a player who gives his all, so I have much respect for him. The fans can only appreciate him for what he has done.
“He arrived after Torres and Aguero, it was a risk, Forlan left and in came Falcao, if he now goes, we will certainly get someone else competitive.”
One possible summer recruitment is Diego, who spent the 2011-12 campaign at the club.
“With players who have been at this club before and have done well, it is normal that we are attentive to their situations.
“Diego last year has given us opportunities to be different, we have to play in another way without him. I hope we meet again.”
Simeone has just signed a new deal at the Vicente Calderon until June 2017.
“I have renewed because I’m crazy and I have a dream, which is to be generated through our economic growth.
“The only way we can come to compete with those with money is by winning, and we have to find all the tools to win, so that we can improve financially. To compete with the strongest, we need to get into the Champions League.
“There was a proposal from the club that I valued so much, we understood that our quest was to make Atletico better, and there is no other way than to come together on the same goal, which is economic, and to be closer to the strong sides we need to enter the Champions League.
“We need to generate more internal power to sustain these four years.”