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.”