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Atlético secure defensive duo

Published: Thursday 10 February 2005, 14.19CET
Club Atlético de Madrid have rewarded central defenders Pablo Ibáñez and Luis Perea with improved contracts.

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Published: Thursday 10 February 2005, 14.19CET

Atlético secure defensive duo

Club Atlético de Madrid have rewarded central defenders Pablo Ibáñez and Luis Perea with improved contracts.
Club Atlético de Madrid have handed one-year contract extensions to central defensive duo Pablo Ibáñez and Luis Perea, tying them to the Spanish capital club until 2009.

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."

Last updated: 10/02/05 19.59CET

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