Football: Midfielder Saul Niguez signs new nine-year deal at Atletico Madrid

Spain's midfielder Saul Niguez reacting after he scored a goal during the UEFA U-21 European Championship football semi final match between Spain and Italy in Krakow, Poland on June 27, 2017.
Spain's midfielder Saul Niguez reacting after he scored a goal during the UEFA U-21 European Championship football semi final match between Spain and Italy in Krakow, Poland on June 27, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (Reuters) - Midfielder Saul Niguez has signed a new nine-year contract with Atletico Madrid that will keep him at the LaLiga club until June 2026.

The 22-year-old has emerged as one of the most exciting midfield talents in Europe over the past two seasons, and was a key player during Atletico's run to the Champions League semi-finals last season.

He played 53 games for Atletico last season, scoring nine goals, four of which were in the Champions League.

"I am very happy because at Atletico we are a family and there is no better place to be," he said in a statement. "I will work my full potential on the field as always to pay back the trust that the club is giving to me."

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