Atletico Madrid have renewed the contracts of Jose Gimenez and Angel Correa, though the agreements are yet to be made public.
Marca say the pair have signed and had both their wages and release clauses raised, having been on deals that ran to 2018 and 2019 respectively.
It’s suggested that the new terms are an attempt to keep together the backbone of Diego Simeone’s new-look squad, an early strike against potential suitors looking to take any of the club’s talented young players.
Gimenez joined Atletico in 2013 and eventually displaced Joao Miranda as Diego Godin’s partner, the more experienced Brazilian being allowed to join Inter in the summer of 2015.
Correa, it’s recalled, has had a ‘peculiar’ trajectory, first being signed in May 2014 but having his arrival delayed upon discovery of a heart defect.
The Argentine underwent surgery in New York that summer and, in December, after he had recovered from the procedure, his transfer was made official, Atleti honouring the original terms of the agreement with both the player and his club, San Lorenzo.
Marca add that there are now no players with soon-to-expire contracts that Atletico feel the need to tie down, Juanfran having signed a new deal in December.
Fernando Torres’ loan expires at the end of the season and he is on Milan’s books, not Atleti’s, and could be offered a contract by Los Colchoneros, but nothing has been decided.
Tiago Mendes’ contract also expires but the chance of anyone swooping for the veteran is considered slim as he is recovering from a broken leg, Atletico not having made a move regarding his renewal.