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Atletico Madrid Hand Incredible Contract Extension To Young Player

Atletico Madrid Hand Incredible Contract Extension To Young Player

They may be unable to sign any new players in the short-term due breaching FIFA's underage transfer policy, but things have been tipping along nicely for Atletico Madrid who managed to secure the services of Antoine Griezmann for at least another season.

Away from Griezmann, their youth graduate Saul Niguez had been making huge strides over the past two seasons. Having first broken into the main squad at 17-years-old, it was in 2015 aged 20 when he announced himself to the world by scoring a bicycle kick minutes after coming on in a 4-0 win against Real Madrid.

A year later he was to score one of the great Champions League goals against Bayern Munich as Atletico advanced to the final, and after finishing as top scorer at the U21 European Championships this summer it's no surprise that Atleti would want to strengthen his contract.

And now they have - Niquez was already tied to the club until 2021 but today he has signed a new deal that will keep him in Madrid until 2026 - an unprecedented amount of time in modern football.

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Speaking on his new contract the Spaniard expressed his delight saying that "there is no better place to be."

I will work my full potential on the field as always to pay back the trust that the club is giving to me. I’d like to thank all my teammates and the coaching staff for their help day by day so that I can be the player I am today

Niquez had been linked with Manchester United previously but quelled the rumours at the first opportunity saying he had "no intention to leave" when asked on Tuesday.

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Gavin O'Callaghan

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