Diego Simeone it was very close. The coach of Atlético de Madrid tried to sign one of the great stars of Sevilla -his rival this Sunday-, but the operation was never closed. The protagonist of one of the great stories -which could have been- in the Metropolitan, tells us in ElDesmarque.
It would have been one of those operations that would change the destiny of a footballer, of a club, who knows. We talk about Papu Gómez, the best midfielder in Serie A last year, one of the great Argentine stars and the, now, great signing of Sevilla in the last winter market.
Simeone’s ward in San Lorenzo and, later, in Catania, he began to show the type of footballer he could be with the Argentine coach and Cholo, who usually hunt talents very early, they tried to bring it to LaLiga Santander. The agreement did not come and the Papu ended up, almost without understanding it, in Ukraine.
“It was strange, they are decisions that one has to make,” he explains to ElDesmarque. “I think Catania did things well for a few years, we were close to participating in the Europa League and I thought my stage was over.”
Papu Gómez, the man who tried to sign Simeone, celebrates his goal against Getafe with his teammates.
For Papu it was time to take the leap and Simeone offered it to him. “I had the possibility of going to Atleti, but the agreement between clubs was not closed. I needed to go and then the Ukrainian Metallist appeared. “
The story in Ukraine ended fatally, in the middle of a military conflict and a disqualification for rigging a match. He went to Dea, but he will always remember Simeone.
“We have never talked about his time at Sevilla. With him I like to talk about football, about tactics … Lopetegui or Simeone? With Cholo I was one year in San Lorenzo and six in Catania. He was another coach. With Lopetegui I have only been two months, I would have to know him better “, sentence.