Diego Simeone has made it clear that he sees Saul Niguez’s long-term future at Atletico Madrid ahead of Saturday’s derby against Rayo Vallecano.
Saul’s stock has risen significantly this week following his solo goal against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday, but Simeone is confident the midfielder will not be leaving the Vicente Calderon any time soon.
“[On the Gazzetta dello Sport comparing him to Che Guevara], I have no opinion on it, you’ll have to ask why they did it,” the Coach said at a Press conference.
“I take [my three-game ban] with tranquillity. I’ve accepted their decision and I’ve prepared myself for it.
“[On Gerard Pique’s claim Atleti play the victim], nothing, I can’t have an opinion on an opinion.
“[Fernando Torres] is an excellent player for what he’s done and is doing and I could write an essay about his personality and the person he is. Atleticos are very happy with the form he’s in.
“If there’s something that makes me happy, it’s that we are in this situation, with young and new players who are enjoying a great present and an even better future but are committed to working hard daily, and the important thing is that they come to terms with the moment they’re in and seize it.
“Saul is in good form at the moment and the best thing for him is to isolate himself from all the good things being said about him.
“[On Atleti’s game compared to their rivals’], I always think the most difficult game is our own.
“I don’t stop to think about other teams. We have only one valid option: win.
“[On his fear of Saul leaving], no.
“I’ve never liked excessive praise or criticism, it’s not good and I don’t consider it fair.
“I live for balance and don’t get away from my day-to-day work. That’s what keeps me alive and excited.
“We trained very well [on Friday], working to get in our best possible shape.
“We’ll focus on everyone available and then I’ll choose the most suitable players for the needs of the game, which is rhythm and victory.
“[On Diego Godin’s return against Bayern], I’m not thinking about Godin but who we have available.
“He’ll continue working without any responsibility or demands. If he comes back, that’s good.
“[On Week 36 deciding the title], I’m not a fortune teller.”