Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has revealed he called Luis Suarez to ask Lionel Messi if he wanted to join the LaLiga champions.
Messi was a free agent after his contract with Barcelona expired in July, but that did not last too long as he joined Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain soon after.
Suarez left the Camp Nou to join Los Rojiblancos in 2020, but the Uruguayan remains good friends with the Argentine forward.
At the time of Messi's exit from the Blaugrana, however, Simeone seemingly wanted to know, via Suarez, if there was any chance of the six-time Ballon d'Or winner making the move to the Spanish capital.
"I didn't call Leo, but I did call Luis to ask him how Messi was doing, whether he fancied it and whether there was the slightest chance of him coming to Atletico," Simeone told Ole.
"It was something that lasted three hours, because PSG already had their hearts set on signing him.
"So the chance to work with Messi has never come up. He was always at Barca [before joining PSG], I've been at Atletico and we didn't coincide as players in the Argentina national team."
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