First Costa, then Koke, Oliver, Manquillo, and now Juanfran. Is this a dream? Am I playing Fifa 13 manager mode, and renewing all of our players’ contracts from the start?
Waking up to this news is incredible — we have a team for years to come. In such a short period of time, Cholo has transformed this club into a group, an indispensable one.
It was only a few years ago that contract extensions were doled out to lower release clauses (I’m looking at you, Kun), or to ensure a profit in an imminent sale (Asenjo). However, now the mentality has changed; no longer do we dismantle our team year after year.
Juanfran, who is 28 years old and nearing his footballing peak, can have his dream come true — when asked if he would like to retire at Atleti, his answer was a short but firm, “Yes, I would like to.”
The club seems to have several players on a list of possible contract extensions, and hopefully I will wake up to a few more surprises in the coming months.
How do you feel about Juanfran’s extension?