Atletico Madrid duo Koke and Juanfran have signed new contracts with the La Liga club, warding off interest from some of Europe’s top clubs.
Both played an integral part in Atletico’s title winning season and have been rewarded for their fine form.
They also managed to play their way into Vicente Del Bosque’s World Cup plans, and featured in La Roja’s final group stage match against Australia.
The news was confirmed on Atletico Madrid’s official website, which announced: "Koke and Juanfran have extended their contracts with our club until 2019 and 2018.
"Both are key pieces of Atletico's recent success and their renewals are great news for the club.”
News of the renewals will be music to the ears of Atletico supporters, who have already lost Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois to Chelsea.
“Jorge Resurrección, Koke, has trained in our lower categories and has grown as an Atlético since he was very young, to become one of the symbols of the current Atlético de Madrid,” they added.
"Meanwhile, Juanfran joined in the winter of the 2010/11 season from Osasuna and has established himself as one of the best right-backs in the league and in Europe in the last three campaigns."
His versatility and talent make him a key member of Madrid’s rearguard. With six goals and 13 assists in La Liga, Koke was influential in his side’s success this season.
The 22-year-old accumulated a growing list of suitors over season with his fine performances, including Barcelona and Manchester United.
Koke however, who extended his stay at the Vicente Calderon until 2019, made it clear that Atleti is the only club he wants to play for at the moment.
“I am excited to continue growing with the club and happy to continue with my club,” Koke said.
“Everybody knows how I feel about playing here and wearing this shirt. Since I was a child I’ve wanted to succeed here and now I am doing that. How could I not continue?”
Juanfran has seen his salary doubled, as Atleti warded off interest from Arsenal. The 29-year-old has become a lynchpin in the Madrid side, and made 47 appearances last season.
"Just seeing the shirt, the colours, the badge and the history is enough to make you want to give it all for this Club,” Juanfran told the club’s official website.
“When I put this shirt on, I feel that I have to give my best in the field for all of those who dream of playing with it on and cannot.
"I’m convinced that the coming season will be better than the last one. I've never been more convinced".
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