Serie A

Gio Simeone hints at family reunion at Atletico Madrid

Despite being happy at Cagliari, Giovanni Simeone is already thinking about a switch to Spain or England, possibly to join his dad at Atlético.

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Atletico is a 'second home' – Cagliari's Simeone hints at family link-up in Madrid

Giovanni Simeone has not ruled out a move to "second home" Atlético Madrid when he looks for a new challenge away from Cagliari.  

Simeone, 25, joined the Serie A side on a permanent deal ahead of the 2020-21 campaign after enjoying a successful loan spell from Fiorentina last term.  

He has started the new season in fine form too, scoring five goals in seven appearances to help his side sit 11th in the table.

Indeed, only Andrea Belotti, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have scored more than him in the Italian top-flight, while he also chipped in with one assist and completed a team-high 75 per cent of his dribbles.  

Despite his permanent spell at Cagliari still being in its infancy, Simeone is already thinking about his next move and says LaLiga side Atlético – coached by his father Diego – holds a special appeal.

Simeone: "I've been an Atlético fan since my dad player there"

"I am enjoying Cagliari but I would like to be able to change at some point in my career, that would help me to keep growing," Simeone said. "Maybe in Spain or in England, which is another place that I like a lot.  

"I always say that being in other countries makes you a better player because leagues and teams are different and I would like to keep growing. 

"The feeling that I have for Atlético is different because my dad is there. I am obviously a fan of the clubs that he played for since I was a kid, but Atlético is a bit different. 

"Each time my father played for Atlético I have put on their shirt and been a fan. Since I was a child, I have felt Atlético is my home, even though I never played there and never lived in Spain really. To have this feeling of a second home is a good feeling." 

Cagliari travel to champions Juventus on Saturday as Serie A resumes following November's international break.