Speaking to Cadena SER on Monday night, former Atlético Madrid captain Gabi Fernández discussed several topics, after announcing his retirement from football over the weekend at the age of 37.

On a new-look Atlético Madrid side

Atlético have the best squad in LaLiga and every possible chance of winning the league this season. Simeone has seen the qualities of the players, such as João Félix and they now have more possession and dominate games more.

On retirement

I have had offers from Spain to continue playing, even from abroad, but I knew that when I was going to Qatar I was going for my last two years. I wanted to retire well.

On working with Diego Simeone in the future

In this life nothing is ruled out, but I have to prepare well. Working for a coach like him would always be very positive.

Working alongside Xavi in Qatar

They (Xavi and Simeone) have both chosen very strong backroom teams at their respective clubs. Neither of them will call me.

On Yannick Carrasco

He is more involved now and before he found it more difficult to defend.

This Atlético or yours?

For now, mine because we showed it. The squad that won the Copa del Rey at the Bernebéu… We were the best group at the time, not the best squad. We knew how to close out matches.

The current Gabi in this team?

Koke tried to do it a little bit. I hate comparisons. There is no one with such defensive characteristics. Maybe Lucas Torreira.