Miranda signs extension, Courtois to follow?

Atlético Madrid announce Brazilian defender will continue until 2016

Atletico Madrid defender Joao Miranda

Miranda celebrates a goal
(Clubatleticodemadrid.com | Ángel Gutiérrez)

Atlético Madrid defender João Miranda has signed a new 3-year deal with the Rojiblancos.

The 28-year old’s previous deal was set to expire in the summer of 2014 and with his impressive performances this season Atleti were keen to extend the contract of their starting centre back.

Since joining Atleti on a free transfer in 2011, Miranda has impressed with his physical qualities and leadership in defence. He was part of the team that won the Europa League last year and even scored in our 4-1 thumping of Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup.

This campaign, Miranda has been an integral part of our record setting defence and he recently returned to the Brazilian national team.

Miranda, who’s made 88 appearances (5 goals) for Atlético Madrid so far, said on the club’s official website to be ecstatic with the good news.

“I’m very happy. I’ve been working hard to earn this renewal and I think this is a great deal for both parties.”

“I feel very much at home here. I like this city and the fans are always by our side,” he said.

Courtois to continue another year?
According to As another key piece of our stellar defence could stay on at Atlético. The Spanish daily reports Atlético are very close to securing another one year loan deal for Thibaut Courtois.

The Belgian ‘keeper is currently in the middle of his second loan spell at the Manzanares and has said multiple times that he would prefer to continue at Atleti.

Chelsea are said to be very pleased by Courtois’ development in Madrid and would like for him to continue at a club where he’s guaranteed to play big minutes, despite earlier reports that the Blues were looking to let Tibu adapt to English football at another Premier League club as of next season.

Reportedly Atleti most likely qualifying for the Champions League and Courtois’ personal preference have swayed Chelsea’s stance in the matter.

On Sunday night, Courtois along with his parents and agents, was spotted leaving the Vicente Calderón offices, where he reportedly discussed his future with the club. Atleti want to make an extra push for the goalkeeper’s continuation after renewing with Diego Simeone, as the coach has made it clear he’s counting on Courtois for next season.

This campaign the 20-year old set a new record after keeping his goal clean in La Liga for over 800 minutes of play.

  • Epoy

    a third consecutive season loan for Courtois in Atleti is quite funny… How many years did he signed for CHelsea? It like Chelsea signing him for us…

  • Robel Solomon

    He signed a five year contract with Chelsea according to the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/14173776 If he stays for another year at Atleti, he’ll only have two years left on his current contract with Chelsea when he leaves Atleti. I’m sure they’ll tie him down to a new contract though.