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Atletico's Hernandez extends contract

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Atletico Madrid extended the contract of 21-year-old centre-back Lucas Hernandez to 2022 on Monday, hoping to ward off interest from a host of Europe's top clubs.

 

"I am very happy to renew with the club I have spent my whole life with," said the French under-21 international who has made 20 appearances this season.

 

"It is great news for all Atletico fans, he is a player with enormous potential with a spectacular future to come," said Atletico's sporting director Jose Luis Caminero.

 

Hernandez looks set to start Tuesday's Champions League semifinal, first leg at Real Madrid with Atletico missing Jose Maria Gimenez, Sime Vrsaljko and Juanfran through injury.

 

His brother Theo Hernandez is also in high demand after a stellar season on loan at Alaves from Atletico with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City among those willing to pay his €24 million release clause.

 

The pair's father Jean-Francois Hernandez also played for Atletico between 2000 and 2001.

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