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Official: Atletico Madrid prodigy Pablo Barrios signs new contract until 2028



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As confirmed by the club on their social media channels, Atletico Madrid youngster Pablo Barrios has signed a new contract that will keep him at the Civitas Metropolitano until 2028.

The 19-year-old is enjoying a breakthrough campaign with the Colchoneros. Having made his debut for the club’s B team in September last year, the midfielder was soon called up to the first-team setup by Diego Simeone.

Since his senior debut in October 2022, Barrios has played eight games in total, with his involvement becoming greater and greater after the World Cup break.

To date, the young prodigy has featured eight times for Los Rojiblancos, even scoring two goals in the process – both of which came in the Copa del Rey.

It must be remembered that Barrios joined Atletico Madrid’s academy from the youth setup of arch-rivals Real Madrid five years ago and has now carved out a spot for himself in the senior team at the Civitas Metropolitano.

At 19 years of age, the Spaniard has his entire career ahead of him and he has committed himself to Atletico Madrid until the summer of 2028.

The renewal also means that Barrios is now essentially registered as a first-team member of the club instead of being a subsidiary player.

Reports in Spain suggest that the young midfielder’s new contract will consist a release clause worth €100 million.

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Atletico Madrid, Chelsea contact PSG midfielder’s agent with player set to leave



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Atletico Madrid and Chelsea are among the clubs that have made contact with the agent of PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes, who is set to leave this summer.

This claim comes from journalist Martin Arevalo on ESPN, who states that apart from Atletico and Chelsea, an unnamed third club have also established contact with the Argentine international’s representative.

Paredes has been on PSG’s books since January 2019, when he arrived from Zenit St. Petersburg. For a large part of his time at the French capital outfit, the midfielder had been a regular starter in the side.

However, last summer saw Paredes get shipped out on loan to Juventus. He has played 33 times for the Bianconeri this season with a return of one goal and assist apiece.

The Serie A heavyweights, who were recently hit with a 10-point deduction, have the option to purchase him permanently. But, as per the report, his relationship with manager Massimiliano Allegri is not good and a return to PSG is on the cards.

And considering that he is not in the plans back at Parc des Princes either, a permanent departure away seems set in stone for Paredes.

As such, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, and an unnamed club have shown interest in acquiring his services by making contact with the 28-year-old World Cup winner’s agent.

With Koke entering the final phase of his career and Geoffrey Kondogbia expected to leave at the end of the season, the Rojiblancos could do with reinforcements in the centre of the park.

Paredes, who has plenty of experience at the highest level and is known for his aggressive mentality, can be a good fit into Diego Simeone’s setup at the Civitas Metropolitano.

But, with Chelsea also in the picture, things could get tricky for the Colchoneros. After all, Atleti are operating on tight finances and are looking for bargain and free transfer signings in the market with the likes of Marcus Thuram, Jordi Alba, and Raphael Guerreiro emerging as targets.

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