Simeone: I didn't tell Morata to join me at Atletico

The Spain global has also been linked with Chelsea and, asked about the gossip at a news conference ahead of his team's Liga match against Eibar on Saturday, Simeone offered an unequivocal response.

Atleti were completely and utterly outplayed by their Madrid rivals in the semi-final first leg, with Cristiano Ronaldo bagging a hat-trick and giving Real a huge opportunity of reaching yet another Champions League final - what would be the third appearance in the past four seasons.

And Spanish press claim he said "come with me to Atletico" to Morata, 24.

AS report that Morata's lack of regular first-team action has left him frustrated at the Bernabeu, and he could subsequently seek a move away from Los Blancos this summer.

"It was the start of a period where I stopped enjoying football - I lost the love for it".

That campaign the club's players netted 106 goals between them with Diego Costa - now at Chelsea - getting the most with 36 in all competitions.

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Everton are still seventh in the league, two points behind Arsenal, although they have played two games more than the Gunners. "Also, I am very pleased with Ake's impact.

"There are still matches remaining and once the season is over, we'll see if our numbers were very good or just good".

"The team's morale? We'll see [on Saturday], the team have always given important answers to hard knocks". I also expect the Calderon to be closer to us than ever.

"We have been growing for eight years, because two years before my arrival it was already beginning to grow, and evidently these six years, have been extraordinary, possibly the best in the history of the club".

"In a short time we got close to these beasts, but the only path for us is to keep working as we have been doing".

Simone confirmed Juanfran is unlikely to play against Eibar but should have recovered from a hamstring injury to be available for the second leg against Madrid on Wednesday.