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Lucas Hernandez snubs Manchester United interest to sign new five-year Atletico Madrid contract

12:42 BST 01/05/2017
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The defender has handed his club a major boost ahead of their Champions League semi-final clash with city rivals Real

Atletico Madrid have tied down Lucas Hernandez to a new five-year contract after the defender was linked with a move to Manchester United.

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Lucas has signed fresh terms to keep him at the club until June 2022, adding a further two seasons to his previous contract.

The versatile stopper, who is reportedly a summer transfer target for United boss Jose Mourinho, has spent his whole senior career with Atletico, having previously played for their B team after progressing from the youth ranks.

Atletico announced the deal on Monday, with sporting director Jose Luis Perez Caminero saying: "This is a source of joy for all the Atleticos, since he is a player with an enormous potential and a spectacular future.

"He has strength and speed, along with an astonishing maturity for one so young. 

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"Lucas has had to perform in very awkward moments and has always done it at a great level. This is great news for us."

Lucas is a France Under-21 international and his highly-rated younger brother Theo – currently on loan at Alaves – is also on the club's books.

He has only made 12 appearances in La Liga this season, but could be in line to start Tuesday's huge Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid due to injuries for Jose Gimenez, Juanfran and Sime Vrsaljko.