Sime­one hint­ing at ex­tend­ing con­tract

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MADRID:

Ar­gen­tine coach Diego Sime­one says he could stay at Atletico Madrid be­yond his cur­rent con­tract, de­spite short­en­ing it re­cently by two years un­til June 2018, in an in­ter­view pub­lished yesterday.

“It will be dif­fi­cult to find a better team than Atletico in my fu­ture as a coach. So why not re­main linked to a club I love?,” he told Span­ish sports daily Marca. “I have pos­si­bly found my place in the world, we will see,” he added. In charge of Atletico since 2011, Sime­one signed a con­tract in March 2015 that orig­i­nally tied him to the club un­til June 2020. But the 46year-old, who has been linked to many of Europe’s top clubs, in­clud­ing Paris Saint-Ger­main, Arse­nal and In­ter Mi­lan, in Septem­ber re­duced the con­tract to 2018 af­ter talks with Atletico.

Sime­one said that de­ci­sion was in the best in­ter­ests of the club, which he took to the Span­ish league ti­tle in 2014 and to two of the last three Cham­pi­ons League fi­nals. “I believe it is the best sit­u­a­tion which we found to con­tinue being demanding of my­self and, at the same time, think of what is best for the club,” he said. “If the club con­tin­ues to want to count on us, and if it car­ries out the ef­forts it has been do­ing for this...we can pos­si­bly re­main to­gether,” he added.

Atletico lost out on a first Cham­pi­ons League ti­tle to Real Madrid on penal­ties in May and fin­ished just three points adrift of La Liga cham­pi­ons Barcelona. The club’s form has stut­tered this sea­son and Sime­one’s side find them­selves in sixth in La Liga with 28 points. Atletico are not in league ac­tion again un­til Jan­uary 7 as La Liga takes a win­ter break over the new year. —AFP

Diego Sime­one

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