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The young defender has put pen to paper on a new deal that ties him to the club until 2013...

Atletico Madrid centre-back Alvaro Dominguez has signed his first professional contract with the club, committing himself to the Rojiblancos until June 2013.

The 20-year-old has only made a handful of appearances for Atletico's first team, but could not contain his excitement after inking his new deal and is determined to feature on a more regular basis.

"I'm very happy because my dream is to continue with Atletico Madrid. I've got a lot of time left and the only thing that I want is to keep working in order to be someone important for this club," he enthused to Atleti's official website.

"The club have shown their confidence in me with this contract. Nowadays they are counting on young people and the cantera, and this is important because we have a lot to give. I'm sure that trusting the youth players could be very beneficial for the team.

"My objective is to become a starter. It doesn't matter where, either centre-back or full-back. I'm not resigned to being a substitute and I never will be. I will work hard in order to perform wherever the coach asks me to."

Anthony Wright, Goal.com

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