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Simeone focused on Atletico Madrid

Published:Saturday | December 17, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Simeone

Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone says he is determined to lift the club out of its current slump, adding that he has no thoughts about leaving the Calderon.

Simeone has lifted Atleti into regular title contenders over the past few seasons but the club has suffered a terrible start to the campaign. However, the Argentinean tactician is not considering stepping down in light of their struggles.

Atleti are currently lying in sixth place in the La Liga points table after picking up just seven victories from their opening 15 matches.

That form has seen speculation over Simeone's future grow, especially considering his public flirting with his old club, Inter Milan, and with Arsenal reportedly paying close attention to his situation in Spain.

"I have a contract, and my hope is to do the best for the team and the club," Simeone told reporters.

"It seems like we always have to say beautiful things like 'I want to stay here', but I've lived match to match since five years ago. I care about the present, the moment."

Simeone is not concerned, however, despite being on a winless run of three in all competitions - Atleti's longest such streak this season.

"I'm not worried," he added. "Worried is not the word.

"The word is busy; busy for the team to respond and have the form that we haven't this season."