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Have Inter Already Locked Up Diego Simeone?

diego-simeone-newFrank de Boer has barely had time to go on a sightseeing tour of Milan and already stories are coming out of Spain that Inter have lined with his replacement.

According to reports in Spain from El Confidencial and El Chiringuito, Diego Simeone will leave Atletico Madrid in 2018 and already has a deal lined up with Inter.

When Simeone signed his new deal with Atletico, he agreed to remain at the club until they they moved into their new stadium, which will happen next season.

The 45-year-old Simeone, is one of the best managers in world football, after guiding Atletico to two European Cup finals in the last three seasons.

he spent two seasons playing for Inter, winning the UEFA Cup in 1998, and earlier this summer he told Mediaset that he has spoken about a return to his former Inter and Argentina teammate Javier Zanetti.

“We’ve exchanged a few words on the phone and as I’ve always said, and I have no fear of saying it again now, one day I will return to Milan because I did well there and left a great memory there, and I have the objective of going back as coach,” Simeone said.

It is not the first time Simeone has spoken openly about his desire to coach Inter. As far back as February 2013 he was quoted as saying that he would “certainly” take charge of the club one day.

“Sooner or later, one day, I will be the coach of Inter,” he told Sky Italia. “I left many positive memories as a player at Sevilla, Lazio and Inter.

“This makes me believe that some day I could also be coach of these teams. After all, it happened with Atletico Madrid. I did well here as a player, and now I must do well as a coach.

“We’ll see what destiny has to say, but will we meet again in Milan? Yes, certainly yes.”

If Simeone does head to Milan in two years that will be a big blow to Arsenal fans as they see Simeone as the perfect replacement for Arsene Wenger, and one of the few successful big name managers not already in the Premier League.