Atlético Madrid confirmed on Wednesday that midfielder Saúl Ñíguez has agreed a contract renewal that will keep him at the Vicente Calderón until 2021.
The young star has been the subject of interest from across the continent after an outstanding season, but has committed his future to the red and whites by signing his third extension in as many years.
Details should become clearer in the coming days, but according to Mundo Deportivo, the buy-out clause in the 21 year-old’s contract will rise from €45m to ‘at least’ €65m.
A lot of noise has been made in recent months from agent Jorge Mendes and Saúl’s father Boria, but the player himself came out last month and said that he would “sign with Atlético for life” if given the chance.
He has stayed true to his word, and reaps the rewards for his fine form, in a season where he has established himself as a starter for Cholo Simeone’s team.
With 9 goals in total he is Atleti’s third top scorer behind Antoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres, and has played a big part in our title challenge and run to the Champions League final.
You’ve probably watched it back over 100 times by now, but his wonder goal in the Calderón against Bayern earned a crucial 1-0 win over the German champions, and he also set up Griezmann’s opener against Barcelona with a stunning outside of the boot assist.
For Saúl, the renewal is the icing on the cake of a perfect week, as he was named in Spain’s provisional 25-man squad for the European Championships yesterday.
Even Vicente del Bosque couldn’t ignore his excellent form this year, and his versatility could prove to be key if he makes the final cut. Now, he just needs a win in Milan for the cherry on top…
How impressed have you been with Saúl this season? Do you see him as a future captain?