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”.