Simeone denies he's in talks to become Argentina coach

Redacción Agencias | 4/18/2017, 7:27 a.m.
Simeone denies he's in talks to become Argentina coach
Cholo Simeone | Foto Cortesía

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone on Monday denied any contacts with the Argentine Football Association about his taking charge of the national team.

"No, I haven't spoken with anybody from the AFA," he said in response to a question from reporters ahead of Atleti's Champions League quarterfinal second-leg here against Leicester City.

The AFA dismissed coach Edgardo Bauza last week after the Albiceleste - playing without the suspended Lionel Messi - lost a World Cup qualifier to Bolivia to fall out of the top four slots that ensure berths in the 2018 edition of the tournament.

Speculation about a successor to Bauza has centered on former Argentine international Simeone and on Jorge Sampaoli, currently coach of Sevilla, who sit just behind third-place Atletico in La Liga.

Atletico Madrid have won five trophies with Simeone at the helm, including the La Liga title and the UEFA Europa League. The club also reached the Champions League final in two of the last three seasons.