Perhaps in a bid to sugarcoat the club’s rough past couple of weeks, Atlético held a press conference on Monday to present star striker Sergio Aguero’s contract extension to the media. The new deal will keep him at the club until 2014.
The presentation was made right in the middle of a busy winter transfer deadline day, on which reports of more bids for the young starlet and his Uruguayan team-mate Diego Forlán surfaced.
Agüero, however, wanted to keep the attention focused squarely on his renewal.
“The day of my extension isn’t the most appropriate time to talk about my future, but rather, it’s a time to talk about my present,” Kun told the official site. “I greatly respect the clubs that take an interest in me and I always appreciate it because they are good teams like Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester… but I am very happy here.”
Upon the announcement that Kun had signed his extension last month, there was a lot of grumbling about his new release clause which was surprisingly dropped to €45m from €60m.
Fans saw the reduction as a thinly veiled intent by the board to sell off the Atleti idol, or worse, as a showing of the 22-year-old’s own desire to leave los Colchoneros.
“It’s a negotiation that took place between my agents and the club,” he said. “I repeat, if I didn’t want to renew I wouldn’t have, because I was free to go in December and the club wasn’t going to make any money.
“As I’ve always said since arriving at that age of 17, the club has treated me very well and I am very pleased and happy at Atlético Madrid. That’s exactly why I have decided to renew.
“As I said before, it’s not just a signature, it’s also a commitment,” he said. “We’re all going to push ourselves forward. I’m very happy to continue at the club and I hope to continue here for many more years.”
The Argentina international had some words for Rojiblanco supporters, who faithfully stand by their club through thick and thin.
“It’s easy to be a fan of the big clubs that are always fighting for titles. This club has improved since I arrived here, we have made it into Champions (League), we were Champions of the Europa League and the European Super Cup and I am very happy. It’s a marvelous club that I will always be grateful to.
“Now, I have to try to show how much the club values me with my performance on the field.”
Us Colchoneros know that Kun doesn’t have to do anything more on the pitch to prove himself, as all the little guy does is fight for and defend the red and white shirt.
When asked if comparisons could be drawn between him and Atleti icon Fernando Torres, our No. 10 said, “We’re different players. I can speak for myself and I am very happy here. I don’t expect to be compared with Fernando Torres.
“It looks like Fernando wants to leave Liverpool and what’s certain is that each person decides what they have to do.
“I decide what I do and I have decided to be with the club and continue growing here. Nothing more.”
Finally, the gifted playmaker spoke about our upcoming trip to the Camp Nou on Saturday.
“We have to try to show a good image in Barcelona,” he said. “We always play great matches against Barça and hopefully we can get a good result. We need it.
“All my team-mates think the same thing I do and if one doesn’t think we can beat Barcelona, he might as well not even travel.”