Diego Simeone has informed Atletico Madrid board members that he will leave the club at the end of the season to take over at Chelsea, according to Spanish news outlet OK Diario.
The former Argentinian international, has long been Blues owner, Roman Abramovich’s preferred choice to take the helm at Stamford Bridge following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
The passionate and eccentric coach has established his reputation for being one of Europe’s most exuberant managers since arriving at the Vicente Calderon in 2011.
He broke the Spanish heavyweights, Real Madrid and Barcelona’s, grip on La Liga when he guided Atletico to the title in 2014 and the Rojiblancos were runners-up in the Champions League final in the same year.
Chelsea are desperate to have a permanent manager in place shortly after the season ends and Spanish outlet, OK Diario reports that Simeone has told Atletico that he is leaving after agreeing a £9.28milllion-a-with the West-London club.
The Argentine will see his wages double to €12 million at cash rich Stamford Bridge and will assume control from interim boss Guus Hiddink ahead of the 2016-17 campaign.