The former midfielder has transformed Atletico's fortunes in his five years in charge. But in the aftermath of last season's penalty shoot-out defeat in the San Siro he hinted he was thinking about leaving. At the time, he told a news conference: "I'm thinking I have to start thinking about it."
In an interview with Spanish sports daily AS, Simeone explained his thought process and gave details of a lucrative offer to leave Atletico.
"I got to the press room and had to go through the area where Real Madrid were celebrating and I felt a lot of pain, and I started to think that this was going to be a difficult year and it would be hard to motivate my players again," he said.
"I said what I felt, that I needed to think about it. Is that so bad? You have to remember if I wanted to go to another team I would have had 35 million reasons. 35 million! But I didn't leave because I didn't want to."
Spanish media reported that Simeone was alluding to an offer from French champions Paris St Germain, who appointed Spaniard Unai Emery in June.
Read the full article on eurosport.co.uk: Simeone rejected 35 million euro offer to leave Atletico last year