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Diego Simeone signs new deal

Diego Simeone has signed a new contract at Atletico Madrid which will keep him at the club until 2024.

The Argentine tactician has been at the helm of Atleti since 2011 and has led the club to numerous pieces of silverware including two La Liga titles, two Europa League crowns and a Copa del Rey.

Simeone has twice suffered the heartbreak of finishing as a beaten finalist in the Champions League, having lost both the 2013/14 and 2015/16 showpiece events, but his ability to carry Atleti through to the latter stages of the competition has inevitably seen his name linked with almost every big job that becomes available.

This summer has been like no other in terms of managerial turnover at some of Europe’s biggest clubs, but Atletico have now ensured their manager will be going nowhere after confirming he has signed a new three-year deal with the club.

The news comes little over a month since Simeone guided his side to the 2020/21 La Liga title, following a pulsating title race that saw Atletico pip city rivals Real Madrid on the final day.

As was the case with their only other La Liga title win under the stewardship of Simeone, Atleti were left sweating over their destiny right up until the end of the campaign, but their 2-1 away win at Real Valladolid fended off the challenge of Zinedine Zidane’s side.

Now that Simeone’s contract extension is confirmed, the enigmatic 51-year-old can switch his focus to trying to defend Atleti’s La Liga crown for only the third time in their history.

The last time Atletico managed to successfully defend La Liga was all the way back in 1951, but given Barcelona’s financial woes and the upheaval at Real Madrid this summer caused by the departure of Zidane and captain Sergio Ramos, the stars may be aligning for a new piece of history to be written.

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