Atlético Madrid announced on Tuesday that midfielder Saúl Ñíguez has put pen-to-paper on a contract extension that will keep him at the Vicente Calderón until 2020.
The 20 year-old did still have four years left on his current deal, but has put rumours surrounding a possible move away from the club to bed and committed his future to the rojiblancos.
Earlier in the season, Saúl was said to be unhappy with his lack of first team action, but he has become an important player in the new year and starred in the 4-0 win over Real Madrid back in February.
He joined the club from Real as a cadete seven years ago, and has risen rapidly through the ranks both at club and international level since then.
In 2010, he joined up with Atleti B on a full time basis, becoming a fixture in the reserve side at the tender age of 15.
Last year he enjoyed a successful loan spell at Rayo Vallecano, featuring regularly in La Liga and gaining experience in a number of different positions
Whilst on loan, he also joined the Jorge Mendes empire and signed a deal with the notorious Portuguese super-agent, who supposedly owns a portion of his rights.
“For me, wearing this shirt is the best feeling there is,” said the youngster in a press conference after this morning’s training session.
“I’ve been here since I was a kid, and the people have always taken care of me. I’m very grateful, and have to continue working in training to get more minutes.
“My dream is to play every game possible and be at Atleti for many years.”
After the news of a possible transfer ban reached the airwaves last week, this will be music to the ears of fans concerned about the long term future of the team.
We could see a much more youthful looking Atleti in 2015/16, especially with Óliver Torres and Ángel Correa expected to have roles.
Despite missing the whole of March through injury, Saúl has played 32 times in all competitions this season, scoring 4 goals.
Have you been impressed by Saúl this year? Should he be starting more often in midfield?