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Atletico Madrid coach Simeone: We tried to bring Messi here

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has admitted they tried signing Leo Messi as he left Barcelona for PSG in August.

It was always going to be a long shot, but El Cholo had to find out if a dream collaboration with his compatriot might be a possibility. Los Colchoneros' middle-man in the short-lived operation was none other than Luis Suarez, a close friend of Messi's.

"I'll tell you something, when all that happened at Barcelona, we called Luis [Suarez] with nothing but respect," Simeone told Ole magazine.

"I didn't call Leo [Messi], but I did call Luis and I asked him about how [Messi] was, what he was thinking, if there was the slightest, hypothetical chance that he might come to Atletico Madrid.

"But that lasted all of three hours. Paris Saint-Germain were clearly obsessed with bringing him in."


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