Previous
AS Roma
Juventus
0
0
LIVE 32'
Game Details
Celta Vigo
Elche
0
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
Belenenses
Paços de Ferreira
0
1
LIVE 33'
Game Details
Newell's Old Boys
Vélez Sarsfield
12:10 AM GMT Mar 3, 2015
Game Details
Albirex Niigata FC
Tampines Rovers
0
1
FT
Game Details
FC Ingolstadt 04
TSV 1860 Munich
1
0
LIVE 61'
Game Details
AJ Auxerre
Angers
0
0
LIVE 47'
Game Details
Next

Karlsen: Pogba is worth 100 million euros

Serie A
Read
Real MadridReal Madrid
VillarrealVillarreal
1
1
FT
Game Details
Sevilla FCSevilla FC
Atletico MadridAtletico Madrid
0
0
FT
Game Details
EibarEibar
Athletic BilbaoAthletic Bilbao
0
1
FT
Game Details
Celta VigoCelta Vigo
ElcheElche
0
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
By ESPN Staff

Koke and Juanfran commit to Atletico

Koke and Juanfran played key roles for Atletico as they won La Liga and reached the Champions League final last season.

Atletico Madrid have announced long-term contract extensions for Koke and Juanfran Torres, ending speculation that the pair could leave the Estadio Vicente Calderon this summer.

- Atletico: Diego Costa exit not certain
- Alves: Xavi leaving Barca

Koke, 22, was in particular the subject of intense speculation over recent weeks and months, with Barcelona thought to be considering paying his 60 million euro release clause and taking him to the Camp Nou as a potential long-term replacement for Xavi Hernandez.

The homegrown midfielder, who had his last contract in September, was also reported to be attracting the interest of Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Manchester United.

There had also been some speculation that Juanfran, 29, could move on this summer, as the right-back's excellent performances in the Champions League against Chelsea had piqued interest in England.

However, a statement on Atletico's official website, released the day after the duo had returned from Spain's disastrous World Cup campaign in Brazil, confirmed that both players had committed their future to the club.

"Koke and Juanfran have extended their contracts with our club until 2019 and 2018 respectively," the statement said. "The two players are basic pieces in the recent rojiblancos successes and the deals are great news for our club. Jorge Resurreccion (Koke) came through our youth system to become one of the standard-bearers of the current Atletico Madrid.

"A key piece in the La Liga and Copa del Rey trophies won in the last two years, the midfielder has improved spectacularly to where he stands out as one of the best players in our league and in Europe, and has played in the recent World Cup in Brazil with the national team.

"For his part, Juanfran Torres joined the rojiblanca outfit during the winter transfer window of the 2010-11 season from Osasuna. The alicantino has become one of the best right-backs in La Liga and Europe over the last three seasons, winning four trophies with our team and Euro 2012 with Spain, while he also took part in the World Cup in Brazil."

The statements did not mention whether either player's release clause had been affected by the signing of their new deals. AS did report, however, that Koke's salary had been increased to six million euros a year.

The Madrid-based newspaper also claimed that Uruguay centre-back Diego Godin will be the next player to commit his future to the club.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.