Speaking to Cadena COPE, Gameiro explained how Barcelona were chasing his signature before he decided his skills would better suit Simeone’s set up in Madrid.
However, Gameiro may have actually ended up at the Nou Camp, if Simeone had managed to broker a deal with Chelsea for their combative forward Diego Costa.
“There was the possibility of going to Barcelona,” Gameiro said.
“But in my head it was clear I wanted to go to Atletico. When Atletico contacted me, it was clear.”
The ex-Sevilla star added: “El Cholo [Simeone] phoned me and told me he wanted Diego Costa, but it was very difficult and I was the other option.”
“Now I’m in Madrid and that’s the main thing.”
Atletico are currently unbeaten in La Liga and sit two points behind top of the league Real Madrid.
We can only wonder what position the club would be in if Costa had returned to the Vicente Calderon…