In accordance with its “Continuity Project”, Atlético has confirmed on its official website that agreements have been reached with Assunção, Reyes and Ujfalusi to extend their stays in Madrid.
The unsung hero of virtually every single match, 30-year old Paulo Assunção has penned a two-year extension good through June 30, 2013.
The defensive midfielder came to Atlético in July of 2008 and has been a permanent and crucial fixture since he arrived from Porto. He is routinely distinguished for his unrelenting work ethic, and determination and sacrifice summarize his stay with Los Colchoneros. No matter who has occupied the coaching bench at Atleti since the Brazilian joined the squad, Paulo has been an unquestioned starter.
27-year old José Antonio Reyes, who returned from obscurity with the arrival of Quique Sánchez Flores in October of 2009, will don red and white for at least three more years having signed an extension until June 30, 2014.
La Perla was an essential element to our Europa League and Copa del Rey successes last season and has been among the most consistent performers since he regained his spot in our starting XI. He has provided some very decisive assists, most notably against Barcelona in February, and in our Europa League eliminations of Galatasaray and Liverpool earlier this year. The Spanish winger also scored the opening goal of our 2-0 Super Cup win against Inter.
Tomas Ujfalusi, like his team-mate Assunção, renewed his contract for another two years after it was set to expire in June 2011. The 32-year old defender came over from Fiorentina in 2008 and prior to his four-year spell in Italy, Tomas had spent four seasons in Germany with Hamburg. The versatile Czech Republican can play as a centre-back or right-back, showing great poise when assigned to a central role and surprising speed and agility when employed on the defensive flank.
What do you think: Is a Simão extension looming as well or is the club looking to part ways with him?