Koke and Juanfran extend their Atleti contracts

Star Spanish duo set to stay in red and white

Koke and Juanfran commit to Atleti (pic: uefa.com)

Koke and Juanfran commit to Atleti (pic: uefa.com)

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.

Which player do you think should be tied down to a new deal next?

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Maybe signing a new deal is a news, but we all already know that both Juanfran and Koke (among others) didn’t think of leaving for a second,
    in fact, both of them didn’t just decide to stay, but also tried to convince those who want to leave to stay too

    Godin and Gabi are next .. the captain is already negotiating his contract terms, while they are waiting for Godin to comeback from Brazil .. may he doesn’t comeback soon

    But while the contracts of Juanfran, Gabi and Godin are about to expire, Koke already had a contract until 2018,
    it wasn’t really a contract extension (only added 1 season), it was a contract improvement
    in the last few weeks there were many reports that Koke’s salary will be raised to 6 million, making him the highest paid player in the club history, only Villa earned that much and his departure actually helped the club to raise Koke’s salary to 6M
    and with big raise in salary we should expect a big raise in his 60 million clause .. at least 10 million, to become 70 million

    With this salary, this clause and with his endless love and loyalty for Atleti, I guess we are looking at a one-club man

  • Kris

    WOW! That would be fantastic if Koke decides to become a one-club man. Hopefully, the other players coming from our ranks can be as loyal as Koke. I hope loaning Oliver twice in a row doesn’t affect his love for Atletico. Saul and Manquillo should also follow in the footsteps of Koke. A midfield of Koke/Saul/Oliver looks deadly in the future!

  • starvs

    Great news, just need to learn their new buyout clauses, more Koke of course…

    While I am the founder and president of the #FREEKOKE club, I am also a board member of the #LOCKKOKEUPTOAREALLONGCONTRACTWITHAREALHIGHBUYOUT club. Business has been good.

  • BlasiusMagnus

    its just so good to see koke’s growth since his debut for the first team. i never tought he is gonna be such a huge star amongst atletico fans.

  • Chewie

    But 6 mil is a huge salary for Atletico. We won’t be able to pay all these one-club men handsomely. They will have to put club interest ahead of money.

  • Chewie

    6 million is a huge salary for Atletico and we clearly won’t be able to have many one-club men who earn somewhere around 4-6 million unless Barcleona moves to the Catalan league and we get all their TV rights. Or we find an extremely rich sponsor.

    Just take a look at Napoli’s last season salaries. It’s impressive how De Laurentis managed to pay so little to more than decent players like Pandev, Behrami, Inler, Hamsik and others. Of course, they are growing and buying more quality players who earn more but anyway it’s a good example.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    We don’t need to pay 6 million to each and every player, just like Barca don’t pay 20M to every player and like Real don’t pay 17M to every player, it’s just Messi & Ronaldo

    But there are salary raises to all key players though, a sum of 15M for all of them (including Koke) as many reports suggested

    I don’t think 15M is too much for the club, those players can bring them themselves by keep qualifying to -at least- 1/4 finals of UCL every season

    Big players need to be paid a lot of money, and big players can bring you a lot of money also
    I can’t deny that -for a relatively poor club like us- it is a gamble, but I believe it’s a gamble we must take

  • Kris

    Oh no,no! You misunderstood me when I commented that they should follow in the footsteps of Koke. I meant to say that they should work like Koke did; coming from just a youth player from our ranks to being one of the most sought-after midfielders in Europe. I believe both of Oliver and Saul have the quality to become as good as Koke(in their respective positions). They don’t all have to be one-club men but just stay long enough to make the Koke-Saul-Oliver trio a dream come true and become one of the best midfield of all time. You don’t have to pay each player 6 million either. Koke has worked really hard to begin what he is now, and like Ahmad mentioned if they help us make the semis every year, then that 6 mil. for each player won’t be nothing. I know I’m dreaming too much lol but I’m hoping for this to be a reality someday.

  • Chewie

    Okay, I wasn’t thinking clearly a the moment, guys. Damn it, I don’t really care about the finances, I want to see people playing for Atletico because they want to play for Atletico. That’s it.

  • Kris

    Just imagining how well Cuadrado would fit in to Simeone’s Atletico…….



  • Ali

    ^James rodriguez^

  • Farzad from IRan

    I realy love both of them

  • Dircil

    Kaylor Navas’s yesterday performance was superb!