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Simeone short contract at Atletico with two years in

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Simeone short contract at Atletico with two years in

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Diego Simeone has his contract as coach of Atletico Madrid with a two-year shortened, but the Argentine stressed that this is nothing to say about his future at the club.

“It is true that my contract has been shortened, but this changes nothing,” said Simeone on Friday at a press conference, after Spanish media earlier this week reported that the coach not until mid-2020, but until mid-2018 is established in Madrid.

“I’m happy with where I’m at. The only thing that matters is whether the players all continue to give to me. In the next two years we can the contract extend again, if they don’t like me not want it. Now this was the best decision for the club and for the team.”

Simeone would not say what the reason is the remarkable ‘reduction’. “What is in the contracts, it is private. I’ve been clear: it’s going fine between me and the club.”

Spanish media see the news as a sign that the 46-year-old Simeone is doing his last season at Atletico. He is in the last few years already been linked with, among others, Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal and Chelsea.

“I get worse I don’t like all of those rumors. If I am here, it is because I want to be here. I’m always guided by what my head and what my heart tells me and after 46 years I’m not going to change.”

Champions League

The former midfielder was in december 2011 appointed as coach of ‘Los Colchoneros’ and has since then been very successful with his team, including winning the national championship in 2014 and reaching the Champions League final in 2014 and 2016. Both times there was a lost of a fellow-townsman of Real Madrid.

Simeone and Atletico won last Tuesday, the first groepsduel of the new Champions League season with a 1-0 advantage.

Atletico take the Saturday in the Primera Division, at home against Sporting Gijon.

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