Theo Hernández renews contract ahead of Alavés loan

Teenager to get a taste of La Liga this season as he commits future to Atlético

Theo has impressed in pre-season

Theo has impressed in pre-season

Having signed their new number nine last week in Kevin Gameiro, operación salida is now underway as Atlético look to find moves away for some of the fringe players.

One of those is Gameiro’s compatriot Theo Hernández, who has agreed a one-year loan deal with La Liga new boys and our opening day opponents Alavés.

Before making the move to the Basque country, the 18 year-old put pen to paper on a new five-year contract with the rojiblancos, which will keep him at the club as a first team player until 2021.

Theo has been one of the sensations of pre-season so far, impressing at left-back whilst on the tour of Australia and attracting widespread interest from teams in La Liga.

Despite spending the previous campaign in between the fourth tier and División de Honor youth league – where he won a league and cup double – the young Frenchman looks ready to make the step up.

Brother Lucas has already cemented his place in Simeone’s plans after his showings in the Champions League earlier in the year, and Theo will get a chance to make a name for himself in 2016/17.

Both brothers are left-footers, although Theo is a more natural full-back with great physical potence, energy and a hunger to attack. Lucas can play out wide, but is more accustomed to the central position.

The two played alongside each other for the first time in our friendlies against Numancia and Melbourne Victory, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see them go on to lead our defence together for years to come.

Joining Theo at Alavés could be Uruguayan defender Emiliano Velázquez, who has spent the last two years at Getafe. Óliver Torres is also in line for a return to Porto where he enjoyed a successful spell in 2014/15.

Borja Bastón has interest from England, and is set to be loaned or sold with an option to repurchase along with the likes of Javier Manquillo, Bernard Mensah, Diogo Jota and Rafael Santos Borré.

Meanwhile, Alessio Cerci was back at Atleti’s training complex on Wednesday as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury. With a year still left on his contract, his immediate future is unclear.

Is this a good move in your view? What do you make of the Borja and Óliver situations?

  • nandes

    The loan move makes sense since Simeone values experience a lot and Theo would be the 4th choice for LB after Vrsaljko and Lucas
    Right, so now we have 20 players more or less guaranteed for this season…

    Filipe/Lucas Godin/Gimenez/Savic Juanfran/Vrsaljko
    Gaitan/Carrasco Gabi Tiago/Augusto Saúl/Koke
    Gameiro/Torres Griezmann/Correa

    Players on the fringe are Thomas, Diogo Jota, Borré, Óliver and Borja (Then there’s the likes of Manquillo, Mensah, Velazquez, Cerci (bless) who will leave for sure)
    Unless we sign another midfielder or forward I guess at least two of these have a chance to stay this season

    Thomas will probably stay unless we sign another centre midfielder (even though Thomas hasn’t played much in that position either)
    Diogo Jota and Borré will likely be loaned to a smaller La Liga team, of these two I guess “DJ” is be the one with the most chances to stay
    I wish Oliver and Borja could stay but Simeone simply doesn’t seem to find a use for them…

  • Kris

    Thomas will stay. Simeone has shown that he trusts him a lot, throwing him in big games and such. I would like Diogo Jota to stay but he is so much like Angel Correa, and at the moment Correa is better than Jota. Jota needs two seasons, at the least, one season to start showing his true potential. And he must be loaned to a Liga team for his progression.

    Oliver offloaded, Gaitan takes number 10. Borja will stay. There we have it 22.

  • Nutral Fan

    Atletico should keep Borja as a forward. This season many la liga clubs will play defensively like they do to barca n madrid. Atleti will have to unlock some tide defenses. Borja is tall guy who can create space in the box and also score some headers. He will be a key

    Also Koke has to start along side gabi/agusto in center while gaitan or carrasco need to play every time to create chances

  • David in SF

    I hope to see Koke in the middle but I’m afraid Simeone won’t allow him to play in that role because he’s too smart and good. Koke will make room for gabi/Saul/Tiago/Augusto/Thomas- simply because he is smart and good enough to play out wide. It’s similar to when England put Pual Scholes out wide to fit Gerrard and Lampard. Big mistake in my opinion but Koke is effective anywhere he plays because of his brain. Too bad because i dream of seeing him boss the midfield as The legend Xavi himself (who also admires Scholes) says he is his own heir apparent. Too bad Del Bosque and Simeone won’t listen. Love Simeone but this is his one downfall. Hopefully I’m wrong.

  • Koke

    I would love to see this next season:

    First 11:




    Left Over: Tiago, Borja… Tiago can be games here and there and mentor the kids, Borja… I don’t know. He’s really gonna be good in my opinion, but he really ought to be starting games in this stage of his career and I doubt he can accomplish that at Atleti right now with Torres and Gameiro. Whereas we used to always have the issue of too little depth in our squad, now we have too much. How many other teams can afford to have the likes of Correa, Carrasco, Oliver, Vrsaljko, Savic, etc struggling to get minutes?

    Players to loan: Manquillo, Borre, Jota, Velazquez for sure. Oliver and Borja if Simeone won’t be able to give them consistent minutes, which I doubt he will. But Oliver shouldn’t go to Porto. He should go to Arsenal or one of La Liga’s best teams. Borja too should go to a strong team in La Liga or EPL that can give him time.

  • Hannu

    Sadly but it seems that either Borja or Oliver wont get any change with Simeone. Same goes to Manquillo so here they go 3 cantenaros…