The Argentine was non-commital when asked about his future at the club
Diego Simeone was non-commital when asked whether he would continue at Atletico Madrid following his sides second defeat in three years in the Champions League final.
The Argentine is the most successful coach in the history of the club with only Luis Aragones as a competitor in terms of silverware. The 46-year-old has won one La Liga title, the UEFA Europa League, the UEFA Supercup, the Copa del Rey and a Supercopa de España.
The Champions League continues to elude him and his players, however, despite looking like the stronger team as extra-time approached on Saturday night.
Simeone has no shortage of admirers and could almost hand pick his next club at this stage of his managerial career. He is said to prefer a move to Inter Milan and has vowed to manage there before his time in the dugout runs out.
“Do I have to continue with Atlético or is it the end of a cycle? I have to think about that,” Simeone told reporters after the game.
“It’s a logical question for you to ask after a defeat like the one we’ve suffered today. I feel proud of my players.
“Quite frankly I love my players. It’s obvious that they’ve given everything that they have, and they always give everything they have.
“We had the chance to become champions, we didn’t take that chance,” he added.
“We need to continue working, I have to think things out on my part. That’s what I’m doing now. What is clear to me is that nobody remembers the losers. Losing two finals is a failure. We have to get over this and heal our wounds.”
Simeone has a contract with the clun until 2020 having been appointed in 2011 at a particularly low-point of the club's history.