Diego Simeone will continue to coach Atletico Madrid until at least June 2022, the date his current contract with the club expires, with the club having absolutely no doubts over the Argentine.
Speculation had suggested the club were looking at alternative coaches for the 2020/21 season, but that is simply not true.
There are no doubts or open debate about the former River Plate coach’s future, which shouldn’t be a surprise when you consider the complete turnaround in the club’s fortunes since he arrived.
Simeone picked up a team that was on the floor.
They had a very bleak future and it was difficult to see how the club could compete economically without selling their best players.
He took them to a LaLiga championship and two Champions League finals and the club were even able to spend over 100 million euros on a single player in the form of Joao Felix.
Atleti are now one of the truly elite teams in Europe and were able to go to Anfield and win against a Liverpool side that had swept all before them for the previous 12 months.
So, when information appeared from Italy that Enrique Cerezo was interested in hiring Massimiliano Allegri, it came as a shock.
However, Los Rojiblancos have always been clear that they want to keep working with Simeone, a feeling which they made clear in his last contract renewal when they made him the best paid coach in world football.
This salary of 23m euros net per season showed their commitment and he has the most influence in the building of the team at Atleti that any coach has had in decades.
“His quality and commitment are both unquestionable,” explained Miguel Angel Gil Marin in the wake of the disastrous Copa del Rey defeat to Cultural Leonesa.
It was a moment of great doubt for the club, yet they stood firmly behind Simeone and this loyalty will continue for the foreseeable future.