Diego Simeone reveals he acquired Luis Suarez to attempt to lure his buddy Lionel Messi to Atletico Madrid final summer time… however the plan ‘lasted three hours’ as a result of PSG had been ‘obsessed’ with signing him from Barcelona
- Lionel Messi’s transfer to affix PSG from Barcelona shocked soccer final summer time
- Diego Simeone tried to search out out if Messi could be eager to affix Atletico Madrid
- He used Luis Suarez, one in every of Messi’s outdated team-mates, to attempt to persuade him
Messi’s contract talks broke down with the Nou Camp membership unable to pay his wages, paving the way in which for Paris Saint-Germain to signal the Argentina worldwide in a shock switch.
However Atletico boss Simeone has admitted he tried to get Luis Suarez – a former Barcelona team-mate of Messi’s and a very good buddy – to sound him out over a transfer to the Spanish capital.
Diego Simeone tried to search out out final summer time if Lionel Messi would be a part of Atletico Madrid
Luis Suarez (proper) is an effective buddy of Messi’s who’s now enjoying for Atletico in LaLiga
Talking to Argentina publication Ole, Simone lifted the lid on the plan, explaining: I’ll inform you a element. With what occurred at Barcelona, we referred to as Luis.
‘With all due respect, I did not name Leo, however I did name Luis to ask how Messi was doing, if he was keen or if there was a slight chance that he would come to Atletico.’
That chance, Simeone admitted, was so slight that the plan was over as shortly because it started.
‘It was one thing that lasted three hours, as a result of PSG was already obsessive about that. Was it even one thing? No, in no way, you see the aircraft passing by means of the sky and also you (laughs) say “here it comes.”‘
Simeone mentioned the plan ‘lasted three hours’ as a result of PSG’s curiosity in Messi was so robust
Messi and Suarez share a second to catch up whereas assembly on worldwide obligation this month
Suarez left Barcelona for Atletico in acrimonious circumstances in the summertime of 2020 and Messi publicly criticised Barcelona for the style wherein the Uruguay ahead left.
‘You deserved a farewell befitting who you might be: one of the crucial necessary gamers within the historical past of the membership, reaching nice issues for the staff and on a person degree,’ Messi wrote in his Instagram put up relating to Suarez’s transfer.
‘You didn’t deserve for them to throw you out like they did. However the fact is that at this stage nothing surprises me any extra.’