Diego Simeone plans to stay at Atletico Madrid

Diego Simeone has no plans on walking out of Atletico Madrid, despite the loss of four key players this summer.

Atletico captain Diego Godin and star forward Antoine Griezmann have already confirmed their exits. While Simeone announced that full-backs Juanfran and Filipe Luis will also depart.

Making matters worse for Los Colchoneros is the fact they will only be able to claim a transfer fee for Griezmann as the other three players will be free agents.

Atletico midfielders Saul Niguez, Thomas Partey and Rodri have all been linked with moves to the Premier League.

And full-back Lucas Hernandez has already sealed an €80m transfer to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich for next season.

Despite facing what may likely be his toughest summer in charge, however, Simeone won’t be leaving the Wanda Metropolitano.

“I like my job, I feel very identified and committed to the club,” said the Argentine, according to AOL.

“I know that year on year it’s always more difficult and that makes us see our real selves and generate enthusiasm.

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“Next season there will be football players who will arrive with great enthusiasm and hopefully adapt to the responsibility that means being at Atletico Madrid.”

The Argentine coach had been linked with a return to Inter Milan after confirming in December his interest in the role.

Following a 2-2 final day draw at Levante in La Liga last weekend, Atletico lost 2-1 to Beitar Jerusalem in a friendly.

In his final appearance, Griezmann cancelled out Maor Buzaglo’s opener by scoring a second-half penalty in Israel.

However, Buzaglo scored again to seal Beitar Jerusalem victory at the Teddy Stadium on Tuesday night.

Now Simeone’s focus will turn to the summer transfer market, where he will have to spend big to keep Atletico among Spain’s elite.

The club finished the 2018/19 campaign with a solid second-place finish in La Liga, but suffered a Champions League last-16 exit to Juventus after blowing a 2-0 aggregate lead.

MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 24: Angel Correa of Atletico Madrid celebrates with team mates Alvaro Morata, Antoine Griezmann and Koke after scoring their team’s third goal during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Valencia CF at Wanda Metropolitano on April 24, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

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