‘My contract depends on how the season ends’ – Simeone suggests Atlético Madrid’s future is far from c

    Diego Simeone appeared to have rebutted his previous remarks about his commitment to Atlético Madrid, saying his future at the club would only become clear at the end of the season.

    Atlético’s Copa del Rey loss to Real Madrid on Thursday effectively ended their prospects for the season, finishing fourth in La Liga, 13 points behind leaders Barcelona and also relegated from Europe.

    Speaking after the loss to Los Blancos, Simeone reaffirmed his commitment to Atlético Madrid, insisting that he would not yet voluntarily leave.

    However, in his press conference ahead of Atlético’s visit to Osasuna on Sunday, Simeone suggested that the decision on his future would depend on how Atlético finished the season.

    Asked if he intended to continue with the club, Simeone said: “It’s more difficult than what you’re suggesting. They are [the club] We’ll find out when the season ends.

    “My contract largely depends on how we finish the season. Every season finale we get together to see how we proceed. This year will be no exception.”

    Atlético have failed to win any of their last three away league matches after winning seven of the previous eight such games in the competition.

    Given such poor form, they might not be asking for a better opponent to face on Sunday as they look to get their season back on track.

    Atlético have won their last four visits to Osasuna, scoring at least three goals in each of those victories.

    Despite a quick recovery from Thursday’s defeat, Simeone has no doubt his players will be fit for the game at El Sadar Stadium.

    “We do it as a way of life,” he added. “When a person gives everything, like last time, you remain calm. You do what you have to do. It is a way of understanding life. I am at peace and have the peace of mind to do a great job.

    “Now it’s a game against an opponent that will be exciting, with a very good coach, always competitive, always challenging, with positive energy.”

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