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Report: Atletico Madrid to throw more money at Lucas Hernandez

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In an effort to convince the defender to stay in Spain, Atletico Madrid seems willing to up the salary and extend the contract of its French defender.

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The name of Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez has been connected to Bayern Munich many times over the past month. The French World Cup winner’s versatility, pace, talent, and youth make the 22-year-old a very intriguing figure for the Bavarians, who are looking for a bit of a partial roster reboot.

According to a report from AS, Atletico Madrid will make a solid attempt to keep its defensive building block in house and prevent the player from moving to Bavaria this summer.

Atletico has been clear: the French defender will be offered to renew his contract with the club. (Atletico Madrid manager Diego) Simeone has given the order to renew Lucas, a footballer who can and should give many years to Atletico. The coach has no doubt that he has to be a key player in the future for Atleti.

From the top leadership a renewal offer will be presented to Lucas that the player must consider. What they will ask the player is clear: to decide if you want to continue or want to leave. Lucas has a contract with Atlético until 2024 and a release clause of 80 million euros. (Lucas) could increase his contract years, his salary and also the release clause. If Lucas wants to leave, Atlético will indicate the clause to all teams, aside of Bayern, whose case is special and different. The club from Madrid reached an agreement with Bayern so that they would not touch the player in this winter market and also talk in these coming months. Simeone wants Lucas and the club will make an effort. It will be the player who has the last word on his future. Everything will be addressed in February.

The last tidbit is interesting in that AS is reporting that Bayern and Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement to leave Hernandez with Los Rojiblancos for the time being. From February on, however, it seems like the defender will have to choose between a longer contract with more pay to remain in Madrid or a potential summer move to Germany.

Hernandez has not commented publicly of late, but was the victim of a prank by Diego Costa, who broke out a fire extinguisher on his teammate’s wardrobe: