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Atletico captain Gabi extends contract

Atletico Madrid's midfielder Gabi (L) vies with Valencia's midfielder Dani Parejo during the Spanish league football match Valencia FC vs Club Atletico de Madrid at Mestalla stadium in Valencia on October 2, 2016 / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDAN

Atletico Madrid’s midfielder Gabi (L) vies with Valencia’s midfielder Dani Parejo during the Spanish league football match Valencia FC vs Club Atletico de Madrid at Mestalla stadium in Valencia on October 2, 2016 / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDAN

Atletico Madrid captain Gabi will remain with the La Liga side ahead of the move into their new stadium next season after penning a one-year extension, the club announced on Friday.

The 33-year-old midfielder, a product of Atletico’s youth academy, is in his second spell with his boyhood club, having returned from Real Zaragoza to help Diego Simeone’s side claim the league title in 2013-14.

Atletico have also reached the final of the Champions League twice in the past three years, losing on both occasions to city rivals Real Madrid.


“I am very happy to continue for one more year at home. I always say that playing with Atletico Madrid was my childhood dream, so I cannot ask for more than what I am experiencing,” Gabi told the club’s official website.




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