Atletico Madrid president warns everyone off “untouchable” Diego Simeone

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ATLETICO MADRID president Enrique Cerezo has declared boss Diego Simeone “untouchable” – despite Atletico trailing Barcelona, Valencia and neighbours Real in La Liga table and in danger of missing out on the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Simeone has been linked with the vacant Everton manager’s job, with Blues officials encouraged by reports that the Argentinian has expressed interest in the Everton project.

But President Cerezo, despite Atletico’s slow start to the season, told Marca: “I want to say this in a loud voice: Simeone is untouchable at Atletico Madrid, for the players, for the directors and for the supporters.

“Having doubts about Cholo Simeone is not allowed here.”

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone celebrates in 2014 after steering his side to the Spanish league title

Atletico are still unbeaten in La Liga, but have drawn five of their 11 games, scoring just 16 times, while their failure to beat Qarabag in back-to-back Champions League meetings leaves the 2016 finalists in serious danger of missing out on the knockout stages of the competition.

Atletico’s next match after the international break is the Madrid derby on November 18.

But Cerezo added: “This season we were unable to make signings. We have great players and many of those we wanted to sign are performing at a great level in important European leagues.

“Fortunately, the two who had to be announced will arrive in January and with them we’ll have a great second half to the season, with some phenomenal conditions.”

Diego Costa will begin his second spell with the club in January.

While the arrival of winger Vitolo – who agreed a five-year deal to join from Sevilla in July but was loaned to Las Palmas in the first half of the season due to Atleti’s transfer ban – should also help ease the burden on Antoine Griezmann.

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