Juanfran has agreed a one year contract extension with Atletico Madrid, as announced by Atleti on their official website. The right back has spent eight seasons with the Madrid club and has won a plethora of trophies during his time with Los Rojiblancos including; one LaLiga, one Copa del Rey, two UEFA Europa Leagues, one European Super Cup and one Spanish Super Cup. On top of this, the Alicante native’s performances for Atleti earned him a place on the successful 2012 European Championship winning Spain squad.
The 33 year old was delighted to share his feelings on extending his time with the club into his ninth season:
“Staying one more season at home makes me very proud and happy,” he said after signing his new contract. “I’m very excited about renewing one more year with the team of my life. My commitment and loyalty to this club make my heart just think about being a ‘Rojiblanco’ player. I just can’t wait for next season to start to continue giving the maximum in each match and makes all the Atléticos feel proud of me.”
Having begun his career with cross city rivals Real Madrid, Juanfran played with Osasuna for four and half seasons before joining Atleti in January of 2011 for €4.25 million. Since then, Juanfran has participated in 325 matches. He is two matches away from forcing his was into the clubs top 20 in terms of appearances. Last season, he managed 30 appearances, so it is expected for Juanfran to extend that record during the upcoming season.
Fellow right back Sime Vrsaljko was favoured at times during the year. It was expected the Croatian would take over the position for himself full time for the 2018/19 season. Due to news linking him to Manchester United and his future at the club being uncertain, Juanfran may see a lot more game time than expected.