ARGENTINA

Maradona signs one-year extension at Gimnasia y Esgrima

Diego Maradona has committed to Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata and will continue as coach at the Argentinean club for another season.

'Let's go for more!' - Maradona signs new deal at Gimnasia

Diego Maradona has put paid to speculation surrounding his future by signing a new one-year contract extension at Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata. The Argentina legend was appointed as Gimnasia's coach in September, although he briefly departed in November and returned two days later.

Another season in La Plata for Maradona 

Maradona would have been out of contract at the end of the season and the prospect of his return to the Primera Division club appeared remote, as the two parties reportedly failed to come to an agreement on a deal at the start of the week. However, Gimnasia, celebrating their 133rd birthday on Wednesday, confirmed news of his renewal until 2021.

The club posted on Twitter: "You are known as Pelusa, Barrilete Cosmico, God, Diego, Diegote, capitan... But for us, you are one more Tripero and your heart is already as blue and white as ours."

Maradona had earlier hinted at an agreement as he congratulated Gimnasia on their anniversary on his Instagram page. "Today is El Lobo's birthday," he wrote. "Congratulations to @Gimnasia_Oficial and a hug to your WONDERFUL fans!!! My heart is blue and white. Let's go for more!!!"

The Primera Division season was ended prematurely in April due to the coronavirus pandemic, with relegation suspended for two years. Gimnasia were 19th in the 24-team division when the campaign was brought to a close.