Yannick Carrasco: Why the Atletico star’s contract renewal is a blow to Chelsea and Tottenham

Yannick Carrasco has penned a contract extension that will see him ply his trade for Atletico Madrid until 2022, the club revealed on Friday.

The agreement comes following prolonged weeks of negotiations, after the 23-year old established himself as an integral team player in Diego Simeone’s side.

The announcement comes as a breath of fresh air for faithful at the Vicente Calderon, with their title charge veritably in motion.

Atletico lead the La Liga standings on 18 points, with only goal difference separating them from second placed Real Madrid.

Sevilla on the other hand lurk behind with 17 points, as Champions Barcelona round up the top four with a further point behind.

 

Early Life

Born Yannick Ferreira Carrasco on 4 September 1993 in Ixelles, Belgium, he spent a vast majority of his youthful career with Belgian sides Diegem Sport and Genk.

The then 17-year old joined Monaco’s second string side in 2010, earning his debut with the first team two years later.

At Monaco, Carrasco scored 15 goals in 82 games from the flanks, as Anthony Martial- presently at Manchester United- led the attack for the French side.

 

A star on the rise

Carrasco has already hit double figures this season with 11 goals- not least his hat-trick in the 7-1 demolition of Granada on their last La Liga outing.

While playing a supporting role of shifting with Angel Correa and Antoine Griezmann in a 4-2-3-1 formation, the Belgian international is increasing looking like a lean, mean machine with his best days well ahead of him.

 

Written by Brian Humphrey

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