Domínguez agrees to new deal through 2015

The Atlético vice-captain's release clause set at €24 million

Domínguez's "Indio" tribute after scoring a goal  (colchonero.com)

Domínguez's "Indio" tribute after scoring a goal
(colchonero.com)

Atlético Madrid defender and youth academy product Alvaro Domínguez agreed to a contract extension with his boyhood club through 2015 this week, reports AS.

The 22-year-old’s original contract ran through the summer of 2012.

Born in Madrid, Alvaro joined the ranks of Atleti’s cantera from Real Madrid’s youth system at the age of 12.

Domínguez reportedly received a significant wage increase as part of the three-year extension.

Fans will hope this move by the Calderón’s front office will ward off interest in their young idol, as European heavyweights Manchester United and Inter Milan were rumoured to have been targeting the defender.

While the Spain international had a falling out last season with former manager Quique Sanchez Flores – being banished to the bench for weeks at a time for no good reason – he started in los Rojiblancos’ triumphant Europa League and UEFA Super Cup finals last year.

He’s had more luck with new coach Gregorio Manzano, as ‘Goyo’ has handed him starts in eight of our 11 league matches. ‘Domi’ has scored in back-to-back appearances in La Liga competition and has three goals so far in the current campaign.

To date, the centre-back has taken part in 91 official matches with Atlético.

Domínguez took to Twitter to express his gratitude to the Colchonero faithful for supporting him following his decision to stick around for a few more years.

“Thank you all so much for congratulating me on the renewal! AUPA ATLETI,” he wrote.

“It’s a pleasure to defend this shirt and to fight together with all of you every Sunday!!! 🙂 Hugs for everyone”.


  • Davide

    Best news in 2011!

  • 92

    I think this is obviously great news not only for Alvaro and us fans, but for other canteranos also, this is a motive of pride that a player like Alvaro who was at some point of his career an Atletico B player has now become an important player for the first team and that he has now signed the contract of his dreams with the club of his life, and that if canteranos keep striving and working hard, all the work is gonna paid off and eventually they will be rewarded with being promoted to the first team and put pen to contract with Atleti someday.
    Way to go Alvaro!, keep working hard and you’ll be called sooner or later for La Furia Roja!.

  • Javi

    Awesome news, now let’s put a cherry on it with a gol from Dominguez and a victory on Sunday

  • 92

    Speaking about Atleti players and canteranos, mundodeportivo.com has published an article A Atletico players; Asenjo, Joel, Pulido and Koke, are not happy with the lack of playing time and they are all looking for moves away from the Calderon.
    http://www.mundodeportivo.com/20111118/atletico-madrid/dificil-situacion-joel-pulido-y-koke-apenas-estan-contando-con-minutos-de-la-mano-de-manzano-y-valor_54238261311.html
    The article metions that Joel and Pulido had offers prior to the start of the season, Sevilla and Getafe were both interested in Joel but he thought that after De Gea’s departure he would have a chance to become the imcumbent Atleti GK, and in Pulido’s case, Valladolid were keen to sign him for their new project but Manzano said that he counted on him, therefore he was forced to stay.
    And in Koke’s case, he is not happy because he as well as Pulido were promised minutes and he is getting scarce playing time and Pulido has not even played a single minute, the article says that Koke has attracted interest from several team, though it doesn’t not mention any of them.
    Now, this promise Manzano did to Koke and Pulido about getting playing time was needless to be said, if clearly he doesn’t count on them, then don’t say it so, or he could just say he wasn’t gonna count on them, but why saying one thing and then he is not doing it. He is such a character this Manzano guy, anyways, I think that Joel and Pulido need to be loaned and get playing time because the lack of play is halting their progress, Joel is still young and I think a move to a Segunda team is gonna be good for him, perhaps he could join Cedric and Leandro Cabrera at Numancia, a move to a team in the Primera wouldn’t be bad but I’m afraid he is not get playing time if he moves to a Primera team, and in Pulido’s case, I think he needs to play right away and if Valladolid still wants him, I say the club should let him go, he is promising player but at this point he needs minutes, Asenjo should stay to play Copa del Rey and in the case Courtois is weary of playing two tournaments, and Koke, we all know what he is capable of, the only one that seems Koke is not a capable is the stubborn of Manzano, he needs to get the hell out, Atleti is too big for him, anyways, depending if Manzano stays, then yes Koke needs to move to a team where he is gonna play, but if Manzano goes away depending on the coach that’s hired then Koke needs to stay.

  • 7th

    joel and pulido needs to be loaned out to first teams in primere league. so they can be ready.

    and koke doesnt need to go. he is slowly going back. the last 3 matches. he has played all from substitutions.

  • 92

    Yeah Koke has played in the last 3 matches but as a 3rd choice substitute and that’s not enough, he needs to start.
    I didn’t said he needs to go, I just said that in case he still doesn’t get enough minutes then it would be better for him to be loaned.

  • davie

    great news about dominguez hope they set his buy out clause at like 30 million or something i remember watching a game last season and the comentator said bayern munich was interested in koke. i dont see why koke doesnt get his game he is better than mario and tiago

  • Gert

    I think maybe Manzano wasn’t sure about Diego coming when he said he needed Koke.
    Also, a choice had to be made between Miranda and Elias. That perhaps why Manzano wanted to keep Pulido available for him, in case Miranda had to go…

    Gert

  • 92

    That’s a good point Gert, I just think Manzano is being unfair to Koke and Pulido.