Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone will leave the club in the next few years for either England or Italy, according to his father.
The Argentine has become one of the most highly-rated coaches in European football after his exploits at the Vicente Calderon.
The 46-year-old has guided Atleti past Barcelona and Real Madrid to the title in 2014 as well as lifting the Europa League in 2012.
Simeone’s side have also reached the Champions League final in 2014 and 2016, beaten both times by city rivals Real Madrid.
The Atletico coach has been linked with replacing Arsene Wenger at the helm of Arsenal and his father has tipped his son to leave Spain for either the Premier League or Serie A.
“He is very comfortable in Madrid. But I think that at some point, a change will come,” Simeone senior told La Nacion. “Italy, England, I don’t know, but it will come. I am with him in waiting a couple more years.
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“As of today, he needs weekly work, the match every Sunday. I think between the ages of 50 and 55 he will go to the national team.”
Simeone reduced his Atletico contract last year so his current deal now expires in June 2018 rather than June 2020.
He has also expressed a desire to manage Inter but may well be tempted by a move to Arsenal with Arsene Wenger’s plans for the future yet to be confirmed.
The Frenchman’s current deal expires at the end of the season with Simeone one of a number of men, including Massimilano Allegri and Ralph Hasenhüttl, linked with replacing the boss should he finally step down.