Diego Simeone has told Atletico Madrid that he's set to become Chelsea's new manager in the summer, according to OK Diario in Spain.

Simeone rumours gather pace

Simeone rumours gather pace

The Spanish media outlet claims Simeone has agreed to take over from Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink, who was brought in after Jose Mourinho's departure last year.

The Dutchman only agreed to take charge of Chelsea through to the end of the current campaign and faces a major test of his credentials in the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain this month.

Simeone, whose Atletico side knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage two years ago, was the man who broke the La Liga duopoly of Barcelona and Real madrid when he guided Atletico to the domestic title in 2014.

He has been learning English for over 12 months and has been touted as a possible future Chelsea manager for a while now, although Italian coaches Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus) and Antonio Conte (Italy national team) were recently placed ahead of him in the betting.