Atlético Madrid confirmed on Thursday morning that midfield talisman Tiago Mendes has signed a new one-year deal with the club.
The Portuguese international was originally out of contract this summer, but has put pen to paper and extended his stay in the Spanish capital up until June 2017.
After the announcement yesterday that Saúl Ñíguez has also put pen to paper on a new deal, this will be music to the ears of Atlético fans who had been calling for a renewal all season.
Despite missing most of the season through injury, Tiago is still one of Simeone’s most influential players and was arguably our stand-out performer before breaking his leg towards the end of last year.
Many feared that we may have seen the last of him in red and white when he limped off against Espanyol in November, but the 35 year-old will be at Atleti for another season at least.
After five and a half months out, he made his long awaited return last weekend against Celta Vigo and could be in contention for the Champions League final.
In his own words, he had been in the best form of his career pre-injury and only getting better with age, which made it such a cruel blow when he was ruled out for so long.
However, he worked tirelessly during the rehabilitation process and returned ahead of schedule, receiving an emotional ovation from the fans when he replaced Fernando Torres for the last 15 minutes.
He has been at the club for six and a half years now, and is the only player in the whole squad who has been here since the Europa League win in 2010 all the way through to the present day.
It’s no coincidence that we have enjoyed so much success since his arrival, and he’ll be hoping to complete his collection on May 28th with the one trophy that he and Atleti have yet to win…
Are you happy with Tiago’s renewal? Do you see him as a starter again next season?