- Atletico coach Diego Simeone wants deadlines to be the same the world over
- They lost Yannick Carrasco and Nicolas Gaitan to Chinese club Dalian Yifang
- Simeone’s squad reduced to 19 players ahead of the close of Chinese window
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone wants the transfer deadline to be the same the world over after seeing his squad reduced to 19 players ahead of the close of the Chinese window.
Asked last week about Chinese money reducing his playing staff he said: ‘It’s an uncomfortable time. It staying open until February 28 means there are two more months for a player’s head to be turned.
‘It would be better if we had one deadline day for everyone. It would mean players, clubs, coaches could all be a lot more relaxed.’
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone wants transfer deadlines to be the same the world over
Atletico lost Yannick Carrasco and Nicolas Gaitan to Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang
Simeone has seen his squad reduced to 19 players ahead of the close of the Chinese window
Atletico lost Yannick Carrasco and Nicolas Gaitan to Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang this week and Augusto Fernandez also moved to Beijing Renhe at the end of January.
Asked if he understood why players were turning their back on European football for China he said: ‘I don’t stick my nose into the personal preferences of people. All the time it’s for sporting development I am happy.
‘If it’s for economic growth well that’s a personal choice. In football nothing surprises me. These choices can always be made.’
Reserve goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya (left) is also leaving the club, for Real Sociedad
With goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya also leaving the club for Real Sociedad, Atletico’s squad has been cut to 19 players, but Simeone said: ‘I’m not worried about having a small squad.
‘I wish the players that have left well. They have always given everything for us in their time here.
‘I have a small group but it is a very competitive one. That gives us the chance to spread the playing time around more fairly to help the team, which is the main thing.’