Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone likely to visit during ISL

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Oct 14, 2014 02:56 IST

Spanish league champions Atletico Madrid plan to get coach Diego Simeone and some first-team players during the on-going Indian Super League (ISL), said Ignacio Aguillo, a club director and adviser to the CEO Miguel Angel Marin.

The club also plans to get the first team for a few games in India as part of pre-season preparations possibly next term, he said on Monday.

Aguillo said the focus going into the ISL was to get the Atletico de Kolkata squad ready for competition but after this ends, it would shift to putting plans in place for a grassroots programme in Kolkata.

If things go according to plan, it is also possible that Atletico de Kolkata would be taken on promotional tours, he said. Reports of all matches for Atletico de Kolkata would be available on Atletico Madrid's website, said Aguillo.

The official said Fifa was wise in allowing two competitions to exist in India, the I-League being the other one.

"It is not an area where Fifa usually shows flexibility but I think they have done the right thing as far as India is concerned. The first objective is to create fans."

Asked whether he thought that the ISL should eventually be the country's football competition, Aguillo said it was best to let things play out on their own.

Atletico Madrid's involvement in the ISL has got other La Liga clubs "intrigued" but Aguillo was clear about what they would do should help be sought.

"We took a calculated risk by deciding to get involved in India but football's a complicated and competitive business and I am not sure we would like to share our experience with other clubs," he said.

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