Atletico Madrid can start to plan for the 2019/20 season in earnest now, but they will do so without Juanfran at right back after the Spanish defender rejected the club’s offer of a contract extension.

Los Rojiblancos didn’t want to lose the core of their defence, especially with Diego Godin and Lucas Hernandez having already confirmed their respective departures, whilst doubts remain over Filipe Luis’ continuity.

As such, Atleti offered a one-year renewal to the veteran defender, but he has opted instead to bring to an end his eight-year spell in the Spanish capital.

He will evaluate offers from other clubs once his contract at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano expires, and he will leave as one of the club’s greatest custodians, winning a LaLiga title, two Europa Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups, one Copa del Rey an a solitary Supercopa de Espana.

Santiago Arias has established himself as the first choice right back under Diego Simeone’s watchful eye this term, yet the club may now be forced into the market for a rotation option.

 

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