Simeone: Vrsaljko important to Atleti

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is hoping to keep hold of Sime Vrsaljko going into the new season, amid interest from Inter Milan.

The Croatia international has emerged as a target for the Nerazzurri during the current transfer window after helping his country reach the 2018 World Cup final.

Vrsaljko committed his long-term future to Los Colchoneros in February by signing a contract extension through to 2022, and capped off the 2017/18 campaign by winning the Europa League having started in the final against Marseille.

Simeone has acknowledged the importance of the 26-year-old right-back to the Spanish club and will look to convince him to stay at the Wanda Metropolitano.

“We’re very happy with Sime. He had a very good World Cup, especially showing what he can do in attack and was decisive for his team,” the Argentine told a press conference.

“We are waiting for him to arrive on August 6 and after that we will see the needs of the club, I’m happy with what he’s given us, he’s an important player.”