Simeone signs new contract

14 February 2019 12:34:33 EST

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2022.

The Argentine has been in charge at Atletico since 2011 and during that time the club have won the Europa League twice and La Liga in 2014.

I see hard work, I see players focused on improving, I see excitement, I see youth.

Diego Simeone

He also led the club to two Champions League finals, their first, losing both times to Real Madrid, in 2014 and 2016.

This season they are third in the league, behind Real Madrid and leaders Barcelona and, having qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League, face Juventus in the round of 16.

The first leg is in Madrid next week with Atletico 15/8 to win, Juventus are 2/1 with the draw 19/10.

His success in Spain has led to speculation that he would make the move to the Premier League but he looks set to stay in Spain for the foreseeable future and said, on signing the new deal, that he is focused on an exciting future for the club.

On Atletico's Twitter feed Simeone said: "I see hard work, I see players focused on improving, I see excitement, I see youth.

"All of this can make us grow as a team, and I know that if the four legs remain strong and firm like they have until now, we're going to continue in the same way.

"Fans, players, officials and coaches. That's been a big strength of ours, and we must not change in the future."

Atletico lost their last La Liga game at home to Real Madrid and are back in action on Saturday when they play away to Rayo Vallecano.

Atletico are 500/1 to win this season's La Liga with Barcelona 1/5000 and Real 2500/1.

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