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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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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid



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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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