Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has signed a new two-year contract extension that will keep him at the La Liga club until June 2020.
The Argentine recently put pen to paper to ink a new two-year deal with Atleti to replace an older deal that kept him at the club until 2018. Atletico Madrid announced this news via a club statement which read: “Diego Pablo Simeone’s contract extension is a reality.
“Our coach signed his new contract that links ties him to Atletico Madrid for two further seasons, until June 30, 2020. Hence, we confirm the news that the rojiblanco fans were greatly hoping for. There is total synergy between the club and the coach.”
With this new contract extension, Simeone becomes the longest serving La Liga manager, having joined the Vicente Calderon in the summer of 2011. However, more than that, this particular deal changes a lot of things for not only Atletico Madrid, but also for La Liga, and even the Premier League in the grand scheme of things.
First, Simeone’s extension means Jose Gimenez and Angel Correa will continue to realise their potential, as the Argentine has been an influential figure in assisting the duo in their formative years. This particular decision is great for Spain’s top flight too, as it would keep a check on Barcelona and Real Madrid’s duopoly, thus making the league more competitive.
But, this decision would not be taken with much enthusiasm a few thousand kilometres away, in England, where Chelsea had virtually pictured Simeone as the successor to Antonio Conte.
With the Italian showing his discontent over the way the Blues did business in the summer transfer window, coupled with Roman Abramovich’s tendency to offload managers, the Stamford Bridge faithful saw Simeone as the perfect replacement for Conte, should the Italian be shown the door.
Going forward, this move spells good news for Atletico Madrid, as it suggests that their talisman Antoine Griezmann could remain at the Calderon for at least two seasons for the simple fact that he owes his entire career to the Argentine gaffer, and it would be hard for him to leave Los Rojiblancos with Simeone at the helm.
Written by Soumyarendra Barik
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