Simeone reportedly set to renew for 4 seasons

Cholo may sign a new deal that will keep him at Atlético until 2017

Atlético Madrid coach Diego SImeone

(AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

According to Javier Matallanas of AS, Atlético Madrid and Diego Simeone have agreed to extend the Argentine’s contract until 2017.

According to the journalist from the Spanish daily, the news will be officially announced after the return leg of our Copa del Rey semi-final clash with Sevilla on the 27th of February.

The coach’s current deal is set to expire this summer but, after two months of negotiations, it seems the club and ‘El Cholo’ have finally reached an agreement.

More than a financial reward, Simeone was looking for assurances that his squad won’t be dismantled in the wake of Atleti’s economical struggles. It appears Miguel Ángel Gil Marín has been able to make those promises, as Simeone will continue his project at the club for at least four more years.

According to AS, one of Cholo’s demands was the permanent signing of Thibaut Courtois and the return of playmaker Diego Ribas, as well as the continuation of assistant coach Germán Burgos and the other members of his staff.

Atlético announce deal with MetLife
While Atlético have not yet responded to news of the possible renewal of their head coach, the club did announce good news this past weekend.

On its official and completely revamped website, Atleti announced a sponsorship agreement with MetLife.

atletico madrid sponsor agreement metlife

The insurance company, like Atleti, is looking to expand its global reach and will collaborate with the Atlético Foundation and appear as a shirt sponsor on the kits of all our cantera teams.

During the presentation at the Vicente Calderón, the main focus was on Atleti’s youth system, with academy graduates Koke and Mario Suárez both present among several youngsters from our lower categories.

That Atlético’s cantera is blossoming was once more illustrated by Diego Simeone’s match selection for our trip to Moscow, where the Rojiblancos will face Rubin Kazan on Thursday. Cholo seems to have prioritised the league and domestic cup ahead of the Europa League this season and decided to rest a number of first team players, instead selecting several players from our youth teams.

N’Doye, Gallas, Borja Galán and Iván Calero could all debut for Atlético in Russia, while B-team regulars Kader, Saúl and Javi Manquillo are also part of squad.

What do you think of Simeone’s four-year extension and his decision to seemingly give up on our Europa League aspirations?

  • starvs

    Amazing news.

    Signing Courtois and bringing back Diego? Can’t front on the mans priorities…

  • Javi

    I love the Courtois and Diego requirement-great move, but “prioritizing the League and Copa” is another way of saying were waiving the flag on the EL.
    I really think we could have eliminated Rubin had we played again like we played in Valladolid. But apparently, the coach and owners have determined their interests, and are going to make sure we end up in Cl next year, instead on another possible El title-all based on $$.
    I can see the logic, but I am dissapointed, because this crazy Atleti will do things no one else can, and before they left out 7 of our starters, I was certain we would win in Russia. Bummer.

  • super3athens

    well that’s nice and that means that atleti only going to be better… from the beggining of the season atleti looked like we didn’t wanted a europa league ran… well i’m just ok now cause i really want the 2nd place at la liga and why not the copa del ray title it’s obvius we can’t afford 3 competitions and we had to sacrifice la liga or europa…. We won it 2 time on last 3 years let’s get some $$ and finish over our rivals and have a good champions league ran next season(i hope sacrifising europe won’t cost us a group a spot)

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    we won Europa League twice in the last 3 years, and how much money did the club earned?! five or six millions? maybe less … yes it’s a big trophy but it’s very long and very difficult, we are competing with 32 teams among them there are Inter, Liverpool, Ajax, Chelsea, Zenit, Napoli, Tottenham ….. if I know that we will reach the final and lose the tittle then I wish we rather been knocked out next thursday, as there is no big money so there is no big difference between losing in the round of 32 or in the final … I agree with Simeone .

  • Atleti-Rus

    Maybe our youngsters and B-team will show their teeth and defeat Rubin, who knows?

  • Silchas

    Last Year we have got around 10 millions for winning El, but we got only so much because we had win nearly every game in the competition.

  • Andres (Lolaya)

    Courtois is set to replace Cech in 2 years though. I think a 2 year loan is the best Atleti can do.

  • JimboWithTheDancingShoes

    @ Andrés

    It is only Courtois himself that think that he’ll replace Cech in two years time. I personly think that Cech will/should be Chelsea’s first choice for a bid more then two seasons. As far as I have understood then you can only loan a player for max. 3 seasons.

  • piserakos

    cech is only 30 years old so why to stop football in 2 year(30+2=32) he is a goalkeeper and most of them stop football near 40… i don’t think this will happen… also chelsea maybe going to sweet us with courtois us part of falcao deal i believe he will stay at atleti…

  • Benya

    Courtois is far better than Cech is now, they will do whatever they can to sign Radamel though so maybe he will arrive as part of that deal

  • Javi

    For those who think we should quit on the EL to focus on the league and the Copa, just remember that nothing is for sure, and we can loose everything at any given moment and be out of CL positions at the end of the season.
    I personally am of the thinking that you fight for everything you can in life.

  • Atleti-Rus

    @ Javi
    Sadly, human capabilities and energy are limited and it’s extremely important to manage them well. Until now there were no signs that we might lose the CL spot, which is still the main priority, so it all depends on the players and whether they are ready to play on three fronts. But playing against Rubin defending in numbers will be super-tough, so don’t expect much from this game.

  • Javi

    Atleti-Rus, Im counting on the youngsters trying to show their best to earn a spot on the main team, and the Rubin taking it easy after the 0-2 win. lets see.

  • Gert

    keep in mind that Rubin is not playing in their own home stadium.
    Somehow even if I don’t believe for a whole week, on matchdays I’m still optimistic 🙂