Diego Simeone admits he tried to convince Lionel Messi to join Atletico Madrid this summer.
Six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi was expected to sign a new contract at Barcelona but the Catalan giants couldn’t afford to complete the deal.
Paris Saint-Germain quickly swooped in to sign the 34-year-old, but not before Atletico had a go.
Speaking to Ole in Argentina, Simeone revealed he had Messi’s close pal Luis Suarez give him a call to see if he would be interested in reuniting at the Wanda Metropolitano.
In quotes carried by Diario AS, the Atletico boss admitted: “I’ll tell you a detail.
“With what happened at Barcelona, we called Luis [Suarez].
“With all due respect, I didn’t call Leo, but I did call Luis to ask how Messi was doing and whether he’d be willing or if there was a small chance he’d come to Atletico.
“But it was something that only lasted three hours, because PSG were already obsessed with signing him.”