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Diego Simeone’s automatic contract extension dependent on UCL qualification



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Atletico Madrid have been unconvincing all season. Every time they seem to hit the road running, a new hiccup emerges on their hunt for consistency.

Unsurprisingly, the situation has put a lot of turmoil on Diego Simeone’s shoulders as the Argentine tactician is the obvious starting point in any hunt for the team’s flaws.

A lot has been said about his future at the club, but nothing clear is known about whether or not he will continue beyond June.

According to reports from MARCA, Simeone’s current deal with Atletico Madrid expires at the end of the season and has no clause for an automatic renewal.

His deal with the Rojiblancos only renews if the club qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League. As it stands, he has no valid contract for the upcoming season.

The Colchoneros currently sit in fourth place on the league standings with 31 points in 18 games. They find themselves ten points behind league leaders Barcelona, although the Catalans have two games in hand.

Villarreal are breathing down the Madrid-based side’s neck with 31 points as well, and find themselves behind only on goal difference. Osasuna, Real Betis and Athletic Club too are within touching distance.

Though the Rojiblancos are currently in the UCL spots, the tight competition for the number four spot leaves them uncertain of qualification. The whopping seven-point difference with third-placed Real Sociedad makes it further difficult for them to move up the ladder.

While securing a spot in next season’s UCL is well within their hands, it will require consistency and belief in equal measure. A lot of that will boil down to Diego Simeone’s management.

The Argentine is free to negotiate a renewal with the club at his leisure and overwrite the UCL criteria. However, it remains to be seen if the club wish to continue with his ideas or open up to fresh pastures.

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Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer



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Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.

But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.

Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.

But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.

However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.

Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.

Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.

So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.

The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.

But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.

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