Full Name: José Manuel Jurado Marín
Left Atlético in: 2010
Currently playing for: Schalke 04
Squad Number: 9
DoB: 29 June 1986
Buyout Clause: €25m
Previous Clubs: Real Madrid (2004-2006), Real Mallorca (2008-2009)
José Manuel Jurado came through the ranks of Real Madrid and has always been regarded as one of Spain’s top talents. He would only play a handful of games for los Blancos though. Despite debuting in the 2005-06 season, Jurado felt that he didn’t have a future with Real, which is why he made the controversial move across Madrid to Atlético in the summer of 2006.
Real Madrid fans were furious that a top prospect wasn’t given a proper chance and was sold for only €3m, while Atlético fans weren’t keen on a player raised by the arch rivals.
In his first season for Atlético, Jurado played 33 games, mostly due to knee ligament injuries to Maxi Rodríguez and Martin Petrov. In his second season Jurado suffered from the heavy competition and only played sixteen games, mostly coming on as a substitute.
In 2008-09 Jurado was taken on loan by Real Mallorca where he demonstrated his true class. He was given a free role as their playmaker and scored nine goals in la Liga, as well as assisting ten.
Atlético took him back for the new season, and he would play a much more important role for los Rojiblancos than in previous years. The 24 year-old played in every single game for Atlético in the 2009-10 -10 season; a total of 64 matches. Atlético won the Europa League and reached the final of the Copa del Rey, with Jurado coming on as a substitute in both matches.
The offensive midfielder had a total of nine assists in the 2009-10 season, as well as nine goals, becoming Atleti’s most productive player after striking pair Agüero and Forlán.
On 31 August 2010, the final day of the transfer window, Jurado was sold to Schalke 04, upsetting fans, team mates and even the first team staff as there was no opportunity to sign a replacement. Atlético’s directors argued that the offer was too good to refuse, while José Manuel was able to triple his wages in Gelsenkirchen.
Jurado has always been regarded as one of Spain’s best young talents, which is demonstrated by the fact that the midfielder has played for Spain U17, U19 and U21. He represented Spain in the World Cup U17 and the European Championship U21, but is still waiting for his senior debut with the Selección.