Saul Niguez has extended his contract with Atletico Madrid, as per the club’s official website.
The midfielder has committed his long term future to the club, and the contract extension will keep him at the Vicente Calderon until 2021.
Niguez joined the Atletico Madrid academy in 2007, and moved up through the ranks before finally making his first team debut in the Europa League against Besiktas on 8th March, 2012. The midfielder then moved to Rayo Vallecano on loan during the 2013-14 season, and returned to his boyhood club last season, where he has now established himself as a key player of the first team.
The Spaniard has scored 8 goals in 45 games across all competitions this season, including some crucial ones, such as the beauty he scored against Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals at the Vicente Calderon. His top drawer performances have linked him with big money moves to several European powerhouses such as Arsenal, Manchester United, and various others.
However, Atletico Madrid have ended all the speculation about Saul’s future by signing him up with a long-term contract extension. The club released an official statement on their website, saying: “Saúl Ñíguez has extended his contractual relationship with our club until 30th June 2021. The player from the ranks reached an agreement with the club to extend their relationship for another season and signed his new contract.”
Niguez had his say on the contract extension by stating: “I’m very happy to be able to continue defending this shirt.”
Atletico’s club legend and Director of Football Jose Luis Perez Caminero also voiced his satisfaction over the contract extension: “We are all very happy with the agreement reached with Saúl. He is an excellent football player, who has been trained in our Academy and who reinforces our commitment to the home-grown players. He is at a great moment, but he will still grow much more because he has huge potential.”