Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone signs his own son Giuliano, 16, from River Plate – The Sun

DIEGO SIMEONE has brought his 16-year-old son across from South America to play for Atletico Madrid's youth system.

Giuliano has quit River Plate in Buenos Aires without permission to join his father, the Atletico chief.

He will begin playing for Atletico's Under-18 team in the Division de Honor and will remain in Spain for the rest of the season.

River Plate have asked for compensation from the La Liga giants according to Argentine daily newspaper Ole, and they are thought to be willing to pay 250,000 euros (£223,000).

Fifa have approved the move.

One of the reasons given for Giuliano's departure from Argentina was the country's economic problems.

The youngest of three brothers with Diego's first wife Carolina Baldini, Giuliano has come through the youth system at River Plate.

All three siblings play football, with Argentine international Gio, 24, on loan at Italian club Cagliari from Fiorentina.

Gianluca, 21, also came through the River Plate youth system and currently plays for UD Ibiza, who play one division below La Liga.

Previously the Atleti chief had wanted to sign eldest sign Gio, who hit 14 goals in one season at Fiorentina.

Simeone snr said: "He's a player who has everything he needs to play under me, but unfortunately, I'm never going to bring him here.

"I don't like saying never, but… It's very difficult having a son in the dressing room – for him and for our relationship…"

However, because of Giuliano's young age he is able to head over and be under his father's stewardship.

Simeone snr has been manager of Atletico since 2011, taking the Spanish giants to two Champions League finals.

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