Juanfran: My life in every game

Atletico Madrid right-back Juanfran says he wants to be remembered for “giving my life” in every game.

Juanfran has made almost 300 apparances in eight seasons with Atleti, winning a Europa League, Copa del Rey and La Liga, but the defender turns 33 in January and will be out of contract next summer.

“I’m a very small part of the history of this club, which really is great,” he told Marca.

“What I want when I stop playing for Atletico is that the fans remember me, not for having played 300 or 400 games, but for having given my life in each of them.

“It’s the only thing that I’m obsessed about. I wake up every day to train, to become better and stronger.

“That’s what’s needed to compete at Atletico. If you do things like this, they turn out well.

“Gimenez at right-back? He’s a great player and that’s why the Coach has used him in several positions. He can do very well out wide.

“These are the decisions that the Coach makes for the good of the team. All I can do in these situations is rebel and show that when I play, I’m the one who has to start.

“The only way to do that is by getting on the pitch and proving it.”

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