Atlético secure defensive duo

Club Atlético de Madrid have rewarded central defenders Pablo Ibáñez and Luis Perea with improved contracts.

Great start
The two players have had an outstanding first half of the season - their first at the Vicente Calderón - and their form has prompted Atlético to reward them with new and improved terms. The 23-year-old Pablo followed coach César Ferrando from Albacete Balompié, while Perea, 26, also arrived last summer from CA Boca Juniors. The players' contracts each stipulate a buy-out fee of €30m.

European goal
Colombian international Perea said: "I hope to continue showing the same commitment to Atlético that I have all season and my wish is to see us finish in a European place." Spain's Pablo added: "For me it is an honour to know I will spend many years here and I hope to maintain the high standards we have achieved lately."