Enrique feels that the success and length of time Cholo has been in the dugout is a testament to his quality. “He is a great coach who has consistently bestowed upon us triumphs and titles,” he told reporters.

Diego Simeone is a great coach for Cerezo

Ahead of the Champions League’s resumption, the president of Atletico Madrid, Enrique Cerezo, spoke in luminous terms about his manager, Diego Simeone. Enrique feels that the success and length of time Cholo has been in the dugout is a testament to his quality. “He is a great coach who has consistently bestowed upon us triumphs and titles,” he told reporters. “He plays the way he wants, and because the results are great, we are not going to talk about it”. In Spain, it is uncommon to have a coach for eight years or more”. Cerezo could not hide that the Champions League remains the main ambition of Atlético. “It is a great dream, – he said. “In such an abnormal season as it was, it would be great to finish the LaLiga in the top three and win the Champions League.”

According to the president, Oblak will stay at the club

Jan Oblak has been linked with a recent move to Chelsea, but Cerezo is confident in keeping his star shot-stopper. “Oblak has a deal with the club, and, even with the interest of the biggest clubs in the world, we don’t think there is a problem,” he said. João Felix was brought for a big pay but has struggled, yet Cerezo supported the teenager. “Felix is a great player and only 20 years old,” he said. Not only is he worth 120 million, but he also has to win trophies the next day”. James Rodriguez came close to joining Atlético last summer. But the president believes such a move would be unlikely this year. “I don’t think James is part of the plans for Atletico Madrid,” he confirmed.

Cerezo also gave his support to LaLiga president Javier Tebas amid controversy surrounding Deportivo’s clash against Fuenlabrada to the final day of LaLiga SmartBank. “He’s a great manager. It is a case of bad luck, not a big drama that deserves a “business shutdown. As with all problems, some will win, and some will lose.”