Atletico Madrid coach, Diego Simeone has signed a new contract with the club management committing him to the reigning Spanish champions until 2020, as the club officially announced.
Simeone strongly showed his loyalty to the club by his statement during press conference after signing the deal. “It is strong and that fills me with enthusiasm. In life it is difficult to choose sometimes but I am sure about the decision I have taken.”
The 44-year-old coach led the Rojiblancos to victory in La Liga last season before they reached the Champion League final, only to lose to Real Madrid in extra time during the game in Lisbon. His professionalism and achievement ensure the club to keep the Argentine coach as ‘their Sir Alex Ferguson’ and build an empire in Madrid. His job achievements have been more admirable considering the team’s financial disadvantage when competing against domestic giant clubs like Ral Madrid and Barcelona, as well as Europe’s other top clubs.
Atletico Madrid are now 20 percent owned by Chinese corporation Wanda, and Simeone has been told money will be available in the summer without the need to cash in on top players as in previous seasons.
The negotiations between Atletico Madrid club management and SImeone’s sister and agent, Natalia, concluded that the contract is extended from his current commitment to 2017 by three years and raises his annual net sale to £4.4 million.
Simeone told that he was totally focused on his future at Atletico and especially the team’s upcoming days. “It’s an important moment for the club and for the technical team,” he told a news conference following his contract negotiation. “We’ve worked hard to secure this stability that we currently have. I have full trust in my staff and they give me strength to carry on.”
Historically, as a player, Simeone had been part of Atletico’s last title-winning side in 1996, but the club was not succeed in maintaining that success and they were relegated four years later. His return to the club as coach in 2011 brought a new hope and live for Atletico Madrid, winning the Europa League and the Copa del Rey before coming within seconds on league and European Cup double last season.
Simeone admitted that he had received offers from other clubs, but the coach said “I have chosen to stay here because the club is growing.” The coach has already prepared a summer shortlist of transfer targets, including Chelsea full-back Felipe Luis and singing Luciano Vietto. Villareal striker. They also plan to recall goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois after three years on loan at Calderon.