Simeone discusses Atletico Madrid duo’s departures

Date published: Friday 2nd March 2018 9:57

Diego Simeone wants one worldwide transfer window after admitting losing Yannick Carrasco and Nicolas Gaitan makes for an “uncomfortable time” at Atletico Madrid.

The pair left Atletico this week for Dalian Yifang in China, with Simeone unable to register any replacements other than free agents.

The Chinese transfer window closed almost a month after the European window and Simeone would prefer if the football world standardised its transfer calendar.

“It’s an uncomfortable time,” he said. “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 and coaches could all be a lot more relaxed.”

The Atletico boss resisted the temptation to criticise Carrasco and Gaitan for their move, with the former said to be raking in £9million per year.

“I don’t stick my nose into the personal preferences of people. All the time it’s for sporting development I am happy,” said Simeone.

“If it’s for economic growth, well that’s a personal choice. In football nothing surprises me. These choices can always be made.”

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