Gabi next to sign contract extension

New deal keeps midfielder at Atlético until 2016

Atletico madrid midfielder Gabi Fernandez

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Three days after Sergio Asenjo was given a new deal by Atlético, the club announced Gabi Fernández has signed a one-year contract extension.

The news is a bit surprising considering the midfielder’s previous contract wasn’t running out until 2015.

By the time his new contract with Atleti is completed in the summer of 2016, Gabi will be a month away from turning 33.

The vice captain – he might become the team’s first captain after the departures of Antonio López and Perea – knows the club inside out.

After coming through the ranks of our youth system, he debuted on 7 February 2004 with the first team.

Since then, Gabi has made 114 appearances during three spells with the Colchoneros. In between, the Madrid-born 28-year old played a season on loan with Getafe, and spent four years at Zaragoza.

Gabi returned to Atlético last summer and was immediately picked as one of the squad captains. He featured in 49 games (scoring three goals) and started in the Europa League final in Bucharest.

“For me, to play for Atlético has always been a dream,” Gabi told the club’s official website.

“Fortunately I received another opportunity to play as many games as possible in this shirt. I’m proud that the club of my life wants me to continue. It’s a great day for me and my family.”

Next season, Gabi hopes to repeat the success of the current campaign.

“The goal is to continue to give joy to our fans, who are the best in the world.”

  • Shlomgar

    best signing yet. I love this guy. He is a born leader and a true Colchonero. Any additional season with the Yellow Butcher is a good one.

    Anyway, we still need a Master Playmaker, an LB substitute and a Bastard of a striker.
    It really looks like the board is unaware of the ambitions we have as fans, and some of the players share. We need to sell. We need to buy. We need to give our youth a chance to shine. Gabi is the guy who’ll lead that group in years to come and will become a greater legend than el Cholo.

    I have a dream… And stuff…
    Aupa Atleti!

  • Javi Lozoya

    Very underrated player. Some of you even have the nerve to say he doesn’t deserve to be in this squad. Obviously he does, he was just as important as Falcao, Adrian, Diego, Arda, etc…,.
    I loved his performance this season. He was one the driving forces for Atleti in order to win the Europa League. Hope he retires with Atleti.
    Grande Capi Gabi!.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Don’t forget about the decent DM Schlomgar. We seriously need one.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Speaking about DM’s, Ruben Perez has joined Betis on loan. That sucks. I hoped he would’ve stayed and earn a spot in Atleti’s first team. Hope he plays regularly for the Béticos.

  • Shlomgar

    We’ve talked about this subject so much, and I realize we don’t have a true DM. But last season wasn’t so bad without one, we always had two midfielders doing fast, aggressive defence and it didn’t look that bad…
    I still belive our main concern this summer should be offense.

  • Dircil

    Oh Gabi is aggressive but Mario is not good at tackling. I dont think we need a decent DM cuz Gabi is good enough for us. What we need is a ZM who is good at both attacking and defending, someone hase playstyle like Lampard or Gerrard. That is my opinion. What do u guys think ?

  • @ Dircil you mean a BTB mid?

    Well we have one Ruben Micael he is both Attack and Defense minded.

  • Dircil

    I dont know how to called such position in a specific term in football, but maybe like what u called Box to Box MF. As for the case of Ruben, I’ve never seen he playing for Atleti since he was bought from Porto. Maybe he is good but not at the level that the club need in my opinion.

  • ali_

    i read that cholo doesnt count on him.

  • Ringo

    How good is Micael? If Koke is seen as offensive midfielder, he and Mario could be substitutes or even competition for Emre and Gabi. Although I prefer Koke to grow in the role of deep lying playmaker, I understand that Cholo wants to have experienced players on that position, at the highest level, right now…
    What about Tiago, Paulo Assuncao and Fran Merida, though? I don’t see how they’re useful any longer, except for maybe Tiago…

  • Shlomgar

    Tiago is worth keeping. He is experienced but would probably be hanging from one game to the other. Next season is looking solid, but if we keep Falcao we should try harder to give him a spectacular team. He deserves better. We don’t want him to flee like Kun, Torres and Forlan.

  • Hey guys u know Dzagoev’s contract is up in December so we could perhaps buy him for free (if they dont offer him a new one; cska)

  • Dircil

    so far, he has proved that he will be one of the biggest european football star, so it is not likely that we are able to sign. He may look for a bigger club which can allow him to play more in CL.