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Kevin Gameiro Not Bothered He Wasn’t Diego Simeone’s First Choice Striker 

Kevin Gameiro has accepted the fact he was Diego Simeone’s second choice this summer after the Atletico Madrid boss failed in an attempt to re-sign Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

France forward Gameiro joined Los Rojiblancos on a four-year deal from Sevilla for a fee worth an initial 32m euros at the end of July. Yet the 29-year-old readily admits Simeone had his sights initially set on former Atletico striker Costa.

Speaking to Spanish radio station COPE, Gameiro said: “El Cholo [Simeone] phoned me and told me he wanted Diego Costa, but it was very difficult and I was the other option.

“It does not upset me, that happens in football. Now I’m in Madrid and that’s the main thing. I spoke with Simeone and everything was clear. He is clear and I like that. I am very different from Diego Costa, we don’t have the same characteristics.

Simeone told me that he wanted me, he was clear about that and I was as well.”​

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