Llorente out to create more Atleti memories

20 August 2021 01:44:30 GMTPlus11
Marcos Llorente has become a key man for Atletico

Marcos Llorente says he's delighted to be staying on a "beautiful path" with Atletico Madrid after signing a contract extension through to 2027.

The 26-year-old was a key member of Atleti's title-winning side last season and Los Rojiblancos are 5/2 to retain their crown, with Llorente's former club Real Madrid a 10/11 chance.

Work in progress

Llorente made the cross-city switch from the Bernabeu to the Wanda Metropolitano in 2019 and after a tough first half to his maiden campaign, has established himself in Diego Simeone's first-choice line-up over the last 18 months.

The Spaniard has since gone on to make 82 appearances for Atletico, registering 12 goals and 11 assists in their run to the La Liga title in the previous campaign.

I've found a second family and we've lived unforgettable moments.

Diego Llorente

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Llorente's reward for his efforts last season, aside from a winners' medal, was to be called up to the Spain squad for their Euro 2020 campaign.

He made four appearances in the tournament as La Roja reached the semi-finals and looks set to play an important role for both club and country going forward.

"Beautiful path"

Atletico has moved to make sure he remains with them long-term, adding three years to his existing contract to keep him at the club for the next six seasons.

"I arrived at Atletico full of ambition two years ago," Llorente said on Twitter as he reacted to the news.

"Since then, I've travelled a path in which I've grown as a footballer and as a person. I've fallen and gotten up. I've found a second family and we've lived unforgettable moments.

"There are places in the world where you feel full, there are people who make you live life and there are moments that will always remain.

"I have all that here, where I am happy. And where I'm going to continue until 2027, at least. Let's continue on this beautiful path together."

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