Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has informed club officials that he's set to become Chelsea's new manager at the end of the season, according to Spanish outlet OK Diario.
The 45-year-old has reportedly agreed a contract to take over from interim manager Guus Hiddink. Hiddink was appointed at Chelsea before Christmas after the club took the decision to sack Jose Mourinho, but the Dutchman only signed on to carry Chelsea through to the end of the current campaign.
Diego Simeone has reportedly told @Atleti he’s going to join @ChelseaFC! https://t.co/CSwQzKKItR #CFC pic.twitter.com/Uz2aKMMy1L— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) February 16, 2016
Simeone - who has been in charge of Atletico for five seasons - has been offered a reported £9.2m-a-season to be Chelsea's long-term answer to the predicament. Simeone, according to the story, has informed his current club of the offer received from Chelsea and is moving ahead with the move because of his desire to take on a new challenge.
Simeone has earned a reputation as one of the most demanding, clever young coaches on the continent and despite past reports suggesting Blues' owner Roman Abramovich wasn't a fan of his style of play, he's now jumped to the head of the queue to take charge.
He has led Atletico to a La Liga title in 2014, while he also reached the Champions League final, and also boasts a Copa del Rey and Europa League crown to his name. This on a relatively small budget and up against Spanish league powerhouses Real Madrid and Barcelona, too.
Chelsea face Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday, while Atletico battle PSV next week.