Atlético Madrid have announced the renewal of Diego Simeone’s contract until 2020, which will see the Argentinian remain at the club for a further five seasons.
At a press conference at the Vicente Calderón attended by Simeone, President of Atletico Madrid Enrique Cerezo, the club’s Chief Executive Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, the club’s sporting director Jose Luis Perez Caminero and several board members, the new deal was announced which puts to bed any rumours of a move for Simeone by other top clubs in Europe.
Simeone has been the manager of the club since December 2011 and has been at the heart of one of Atletico Madrid’s most successful periods as a club.
Along with the unlikeliest of La Liga titles last year, Simeone has won one Europe League, one UEFA Supercup, one Copa del Rey and one Supercopa de Espana.
The former Atletico Madrid player also masterminded one of the greatest runs in the Champions League in recent memory as his side came agonisingly close to winning the final before being beaten 4-1 in extra time by arch rivals Real Madrid.
“Nobody embodies the values of our club like Simeone,” said Cerezo.
“Passion, effort, nobility, work, solidarity, courage, heart … he showed this in his years of playing with us, where he gave himself body and soul in the defense of Atletico colors,” the President finished.
“The club has entrusted me again in working with a group that is doing very well and it allows the stability that gives us a chance to grow,” said a delighted Diego Simeone.
“Thanks to those who have started this job with us, and those who remain because without the cooperation, effort, credibility and knowledge then we would not be here today.”
“This club is in a period of absolute growth and I choose to be where I am. In life it is sometimes difficult to choose because you do not know or can not decide.”
“I am here because I am convinced that the club will continue to grow,” Cholo finished.