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Spanish television show claims Lucas Hernandez to stay with Atletico

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A thus far unsubstantiated report from the Spanish TV program “Estudio Estadio” claims Hernandez will not transfer to Bayern Munich after all.

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Another day, another rumor in the ongoing transfer saga of Atletico Madrid’s Lucas Hernandez. Since news broke that Bayern Munich intended to activate Hernandez’s release clause and sign the defender this winter for a reported €80 million, the status of the transfer has varied wildly. The latest update comes from a relatively dubious source, the Spanish television program Estudio Estadio on RTVE (summarized at besoccer.com and goal.com).

On Sunday, the show claimed that Atletico’s desperate effort to convince Hernandez to stay until the end of the season had succeeded, pushing a transfer to Bayern in the winter window off the table. Spanish sources reported two weeks ago that Bayern itself had decided against a winter transfer in order to maintain an amicable relationship with Atletico; soon afterward, Atletico’s own CEO said Hernandez could not leave in winter — but Bayern still held all the cards.

If the latest report proves to be true, and Hernandez himself has indeed changed his mind, Atletico would definitively be safe for now. The door would remain open, however, for a transfer at a later date. It remains to be seen whether Hernandez has actually decided to see out the season with Atletico.

Atletico supposedly wants Hernandez to sign a three-year extension, but Bayern could theoretically sign him in June, if Atletico cannot tempt him with a new terms. His current contract runs through 2024, but he would receive far better wages in Munich than his current salary in Madrid.

Lucas, estas perdiendo el tiempo
Pensando, pensando
Por lo que mas tu quieras
Hasta cuándo, hasta cuándo

Y así pasan los días
Y yo desesperando
Y tu, tu contestando
Quizás, quizás, quizás...