Diego Simeone set to sign new Atletico Madrid contract

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Diego Simeone will shortly put pen to paper on a new contract at Atletico Madrid, after agreeing a deal to keep him at the Rojiblancos until 2020, according to the Daily Mail.

It's a huge statement of intent from both Simeone himself and Atleti, but shows the mutual appreciation that extends between the two.

Manchester City will be left disappointed after allegedly enquiring as to his services, suggesting that Manuel Pellegrini will be on his way before too long.

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It's hard to believe that the Argentinian has only been at the helm at the Vicente Calderon for just over three years.

The success that Atleti have enjoyed under his tenure, particularly against Real Madrid, has been nothing short of sensational. More so because it has, again, been set against the backdrop of having to sell the best players in the side.

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Best players sold

It's too easily forgotten that Diego Costa, Felipe Luis and Thibaut Courtois all departed for Chelsea a year ago. Three exceptional talents whose removal would've hurt most clubs, but Simeone still has Atleti challenging.

That's perhaps why the powers that be in the red and white half of Madrid have moved quickly to secure Simeone on a long-term deal, which frankly is unheard of in Spain.

It speaks volumes as to the esteem in which he is held by his paymasters, and it would seem the feelings are reciprocal. Why else would you commit yourself to such a length of contract if you weren't completely happy with your employment?

Although Atleti are slowly but surely dropping out of this season's La Liga title picture, they still remain in contention for a Champions League placing and are still in with a chance in the competition this year.

No fear

Cross town rivals Real Madrid will hold no fears for them in the quarter-finals, and Simeone will know his side will raise their game in a bid to continue their hoodoo over Los Blancos.

If not brilliant at this juncture, Atleti are playing well enough to believe that silverware this season is not beyond them, and Simeone himself won't rest until he has wrung every last drop of effort out of this players.

Players who, without argument, will lay their bodies on the line for their manager. Pied Piper-esque, Simeone's presence is therefore vital to the successes of this Atleti side.

That he has now shown his own commitment to the Atleti cause when, quite frankly, he could've taken advantage of an astronomical pay rise elsewhere, should ensure that his big names follow suit.

Mandzukic out?

Of course there will probably be a big name or two sold over the summer to bring necessary funds into club coffers, allowing Simeone to continue to a rebuilding of sorts.

After his show of petulance recently, Mario Mandzukic seems almost certain to depart the club, just a year after his signature.

Simeone is also unlikely to stand in anyone's way if they wish to follow the Croatian out of the exit door.

There is very much an all for one and one for all mentality under the manager, with no time for players who put themselves before the needs of the team.

Whether or not Atleti go on to win anything this year, their biggest prize has already been captured.

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