Diego Simeone has confirmed that he has renegotiated his Atletico Madrid contract in order to shorten it by two years.
Reports on Thursday claimed that the Argentinean had signed a new deal with Atletico, one which means his contract will now expire in 2018 as opposed to 2020.
Many claimed this as a ‘boost’ to Arsenal, for whom he is in the running to take over from Arsene Wenger, but it is much more likely that he will leave for Serie A in two year’s time.
Inter Milan are among the many clubs linked with a move for their former player.
But Simeone himself insists that the new contract does not necessarily mean he will leave Spain at the end of next season.
“I can confirm it’s true,” he said of the reports. “We have spoken with the club and made the best decisions for the club and the team; we’ve taken this decision in conjunction with the club’s directors and it doesn’t alter the possibility of renewing terms again once the new arrangement ends.
“It’s us showing what we feel for the club by our deeds; everyone can relax, we’re fine.
“We needed to do what we feel is fair; we understand that it’s an important situation for all of us but what is written in contracts is private. The only thing I ask is that the lads in the team give their heart and soul.
“In two years’ time we can renew and sign a new deal, it’s doesn’t mean it’s the end.”