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Simeone has lowered his wages from €20 million to €16.5 million to help Atletico Madrid

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Diego Simeone’s continuity has been the talk of the town out late, but if a report from El Periodico de Espana is to be believed, the Argentine has not only decided to fulfill his contract but has also agreed to lower his salary quite substantially.

Simeone’s ongoing deal with Atletico Madrid runs until 2024 and there were many question marks over his stay after a poor start to the season. But as it turns out, the 52-year-old will indeed continue for another season.

The outlet says that the coach is so committed to the club and its project that a few months ago, he agreed to lower his wages from €20 million to €16.5 million. This goes on to show his devotion towards the team as they continue to struggle during these difficult financial times.

Add to it their absence in European football means the problems go deeper. It must be remembered that Atletico’s financial troubles started at the beginning of the season itself when they failed to sell players to make cash and acquire the required €30 million to give stability to a tottering ship.

The aforementioned outlet also claims that the management was pondering the option of extending the Argentine’s stay to two more years, thus extending his relationship with the team for a longer tenure.

The main idea behind the extension was to find a way for the team to bifurcate the payment of €40 million that they owe the manager. By extending his deal, the amount would have been paid across four years instead of two.

While it remains to be seen if Atletico really take this approach, the manager has indeed helped the team in difficult time by lowering his salary. For now, the Argentine will continue to serve the team until 2024.

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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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