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Uefa Champions League - coach Diego Simeone of Club Atletico de Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, First leg match between PSV Eindhoven and Atletico Madrid on February 24, 2016 at the Philips stadium in Eindhoven, The Netherlands (Photo by Hollandse-Hoogte/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)

Simeone cuts contract by two years

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has shorten his contract by two years. His deal will now expire after the 2017/18 season.

Simeone, 46, has been impressive during his stint at the club, leading the team to one La Liga title in 2014 and two Champions League finals in three years. He’s currently the longest serving manager in the league, having spent four-and-a-half years at the club.

Despite the changes in his contract, shortening is from 2020 to 2018, Simeone says he’s committed to the club.

“We’ve decided this situation along with the club’s directors and it does not mean we will not renew again when the contract ends,” Simeone said.

“We continue to show what we feel for the club. It doesn’t bother me that people speculate about my future but the fact I’m here is because I want to be here.

“I’ve stayed here for four-and-a-half years because I feel a connection with the club and its supporters.”

The animated Argentine joined Atletico in December 2011 after a couple of short stints with Catania in Serie A and Racing Club in Argentina.

There were some speculation regarding his future after a comment he made after the Champions League final loss to rivals Real Madrid last season, but Simeone has come out and re-iterated his commitment to the club.

Atletico finished in third place last season in La Liga, and has started off the new season with a win and two draws. They take on Sporting Gijon on Saturday at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Simeone cuts contract by two years

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