La Liga giant Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone’s contract has been reduced by two years. The contract of the 46-year-old manager will now expire in 2018 instead of 2020.
Simeone has been in charge of Atletico Madrid since 2011 and has led the club to one La Liga title and two Champions League finals during his tenure. However, the former player of the club has revealed that the decision was taken in the best interest for the Los Colchoneros, as reported by Football Espana.
“We have spoken with the club and have made the best decision for the club. We have decided this agreement together, the situation is the same as it has been. Stay calm – we’re fine!” Simeone said.
The man from Buenos Aires, Argentina agreed that the situation has been portrayed out of proportion by the media. However, his head and heart still lies with Atletico Madrid. He has asked the fans to stay calm and believe in the club.
The rumors were fuelled by Simoene’s statement that he has taken the club as far as he could after the Champions League 2016 final defeat against city rivals Real Madrid. However, the former defensive midfielder has stayed loyal to the fans of Atletico.
The former Argentina international has also revealed that in two years’ time, he and the club can renew the contract and sign a new deal. This will give fresh hopes to the Atletico Madrid supporters who were left devastated by the initial news of contract reduction, according to theguardian.
Simeone’s boys face Sporting Gijon in the domestic league on Sunday. They have picked up five points from their first three matches in the La Liga.
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