Unai Emery reckons Diego Simeone has got the Atletico Madrid job for life. Unless Simeone decides to call a halt to his Wanda Metropolitano career, Emery cannot see the club parting ways with the charismatic Argentine boss.
That factor reduces Emery's chances of getting back into coaching at the highest level in Spain, as he searches for the next calling point in a well-travelled career following spells at Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal.
Simeone has spent over eight years in charge at Atletico, leading it to the 2013-14 La Liga title and two Champions League finals.
Atleti has established itself as the most consistent challenger to Real Madrid and Barcelona for the biggest prizes in Spain, which is why when Emery looks at potential landing spots in La Liga, he finds it hard to see an opportunity coming up with the Rojiblancos.
"You go where they want you," Emery said to AS. "Now I live in Valencia to be with my son, but I'm registered in Madrid. I don't know where my next project will be, I am open to everything.
"What is clear is that Atletico have Simeone, who should be with the team until he wants to be, or his whole life, because there is no one who fits like him."
Emery first forged his reputation with successful spells in charge of Valencia and Sevilla, but the 48-year-old would not discount taking charge of either side's main city rivals, Levante and Real Betis.
"I'm a professional," Emery said. "My heart has always been with Real Sociedad, where I was for 10 years, but if Athletic [Bilbao] ever called me... I've been to Valencia, but if Levante called me... I have been to Sevilla, but if Betis called me...
"Wherever they want me and I feel recognised, I will be there, and that will be what matters."
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