Atleti fans worldwide blew a sigh of relief as the news broke earlier today that Koke and Juanfran had put pen to paper on new deals which will keep them both at the Vicente Calderon for the foreseeable future.
Both players have had excellent seasons and were vital in the campaign that saw Atleti win the league and reach the Champions League final.
Juanfran, who played 35 out of the 38 league games last season, has been a reformed character in recent years as his switch from winger to full back has been fruitful. Under the guidance of coach Simeone, he has become one of the stand out players among a squad that have achieved huge success both domestically and on the European stage.
The contract extension will see the player remain in red and white up until the age of 33.
Like a fine wine the Alicante born defender has seen his best performances come in the latter stages of his career, earning him numerous international call ups, recently assisting the former rojiblanco, David Villa for the first of three goals against Australia.
Despite starting out his career at Real Madrid, Juanfran has become a firm fan favourite and strengthened that position when he rejected advances from Arsenal on two occasions.
Koke has been on the wishlists of Europe’s elite and had many a colchonero wondering where he would be playing his football in the 2014/15 season. Our young star has ended all speculation of a move away by signing a new five year deal.
The academy product has had his best season for Atleti scoring seven goals and accumulating 15 assists and cemented his place as one of Spain’s future stars. The 22 year old will stay put until 2019 and will remain to be an essential part of the Atleti spine which has been a key factor in the team’s recent successes.
The Madrid born midfielder said in his contract renewal interview that he wants to help ‘make the club grow’ which will be music to Atletico Madrid fans ears as an exodus has been feared since the season’s end.
Koke was highlighted by Spanish head coach, Vicente Del Bosque, as being one of the only squad members with desire and did well in his short time at the 2014 World Cup.
These contract renewals are a sign of the effort being made by the club to keep Atletico competitive, and will be a major boost for Diego Simeone as he looks to defend the league title next season.
Also, it is a relief for Atleti fans who have seen their stars jump for the exit doors as soon as they gained worldwide recognition.
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