BREAKING NEWS: Simeone extends Atletico deal

Atletico Madrid have extended the contract of head coach Diego Simeone until 2017.

The Liga club have had an excellent season as of early March, and sit second ahead of local rivals Real Madrid with just Barcelona above them.

The club have also qualified for the Copa del Rey final thanks to a 4-3 aggregate win over Sevilla in the semi-final, setting up a mouth-watering cup clash against Jose Mourinho’s men in May.

A statement released on Tuesday afternoon by the club said: “Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeone have agreed to renew the coach’s contrct for the next four seasons.

“The coach, who played as a player in the Rojiblancos in two separate periods [1994-97 and 2003-05] including the historic double-winning time in 1996, returned to Atleti in late December 2011 to take over the first team.

“Simeone won two European titles in his first year as Atletico coach – the Europa League and the Uefa Super Cup – and this season has qualified the team for the final of the Copa del Rey.”

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