Diego Simeone has been the driving force behind Atletico Madrid’s resurgence in recent years, sporting director Jose Luis Caminero believes.
An Atletico legend after captaining the club to a famous La Liga and Copa del Rey double in 1995-96, Simeone’s hero status at the Vicente Calderon has grown further thanks to his achievements since taking over as coach in December 2011.
The Argentinian has guided Atletico to Europa League and Copa glory, as well as the league title and Champions League final in 2013-14.
Simeone signed a new long-term contract with Atletico last year, but is consistently linked with managerial vacancies at major European clubs.
However, Caminero told reporters: “Simeone has a contract with Atletico until 2020 and everybody at the club and the fans hope he will be with us for a long time.
“He is the person who brings everyone together at Atletico, players, staff, fans and directors.
“He arrived at the club at the best possible moment. He is making history and it is clear that we want him to stay for many years.
“We want him to keep the club going in the right direction and to do better year after year.”
Antoine Griezman and Fernando Torres have been in superb form in recent weeks as Atletico chase a remarkable Liga and Champions League double.