Simeone ‘calm’ on contract reduction

Diego Simeone has called for calm after confirming news that his Atletico Madrid contract had been reduced by two years.

The Argentine boss, who has been in charge at the Calderon since 2011, confirmed that his contract would now expire in 2018 rather than 2020 but insisted that the decision was taken in the club's best interests and that if he didn't still want to manage in the Spanish capital, he would have left already.

"We have spoken with the club and have made the best decision for the club," Simeone told reporters ahead of his side's clash with Sporting Gijon.

"We have decided this agreement together, the situation is the same as it has been. Stay calm – we're fine!

"It is normal that this is represented differently than the real situation, but this does not bother me. I am guided by both my head and my heart."

The 46-year-old had fuelled speculation that he would leave after the 2016 Champions League final defeat, saying that he had taken the club as far as he could.

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