Madrid - Highly rated coach Diego Simeone said Friday he has
shortened his contract with Atletico Madrid by two years until June 2018, a
move likely to stir fresh speculation about his future.
The 46-year-old Argentine, who took Atletico to the Spanish
league title in 2014 and the Champions League final last season, has been
linked to many of Europe's top clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal
and Inter Milan.
In charge of Atletico since 2011, he had hinted at his
possible departure after the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid,
saying he needed time to consider his options.
Also read: Argentina pick Atletico Madrid's Correa, Simeone for Rio
Simeone signed a contract with Atletico in March 2015 that
originally tied him to the club until June 2020.
"It is true, we have talked and we have taken the best
decision for the club and the team," he told a news conference when asked
about media reports that the club had agreed to reduce his contract by two
"We have 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." For
the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us
on Twitter and like our Facebook page.