Ernesto Valverde the favourite for Atlético role if Diego Simeone decides to leave

Diego Simeone has Atlético Madrid’s full backing despite the ongoing crisis on the field at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The Argentine coach has a contract at the club until 2024 and he will decide himself when the time is right for him to leave.

The objective for Simeone now is the Champions League. Manchester United travel to Madrid to take on his side this Wednesday in the last 16 of the competition.

Should he decide to leave, the favourite to replace him is Ernesto Valverde, according to a report in Mundo Deportivo.

Valverde is highly regarded and has a wealth of experience in La Liga, managing Villarreal, Athletic Club, Valencia and FC Barcelona. He is someone the board at Atlético have admired for a long time. They value his personality, experience, leadership and winning mentality. He has won 10 titles in spells at Olympiacos, Athletic and Barça.

For now, Diego Simeone is the man in charge, the man who changed the history of the club over the last decade, and ultimately the man who will decide where his own future lies.

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