Great day for Atletico
It’s a good day for Atletico Madrid. Los Rojiblancos have announced that Diego Simeone has decided to extend his contract with the club and stick around until 2020. It’s effectively a reversal of his previous decision.
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 5, 2017
Last year it was revealed that Simeone wanted to reduce the length of his Atletico contract. He cut it short by two years, meaning it was due to expire at the end of this season. That is no more.
The reasons behind his decision aren’t entirely clear. Many thought he was set to move on to Inter Milan, another beloved former club. However, the strong start from Luciano Spalletti at the San Siro and the quality of younger players in Atletico’s squad probably factored into Simeone’s reversal.
Whatever swayed him, Atletico fans will be over the moon. Simeone is their most successful coach and one of the best managers in the world. His La Liga title win in 2014 will go down as one of football’s all-time great feats.
With him in charge, Atletico have reached two Champions League finals, in 2014 and 2016, losing on each occasion to bitter rivals Real Madrid. They reached the semi-finals of last year’s competition, falling to Real again. Perhaps this is one of the driving forces behind Simeone’s extension, the determination to win the Champions League.