Simeone wants Vrsaljko to stay at Atletico Madrid

Diego Simeone hopes Atletico Madrid defender Sime Vrsaljko can be persuaded to reject interest from Inter and stay with the Europa League champions.

Inter head coach Luciano Spalletti has confirmed Vrsaljko is a transfer target for the Serie A side, the defender having excelled in Croatia's run to the World Cup final.

Vrsaljko battled with Juanfran for the right-back spot at Atletico Madrid last term, the 26-year-old featuring in 21 La Liga matches, while he signed a new contract to 2022 in February.

Simeone has added Thomas Lemar from Monaco, Portugal international Gelson Martins and Villarreal midfielder Rodrigo to his squad, with the Atletico boss wanting Vrsaljko to be retained.

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