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Yannick Carrasco keen to stay at Atletico Madrid despite Chelsea transfer rumours

The Belgian has started this season in excellent form

Club Atletico de Madrid v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Yannick Ferreira Carrasco has given hope to Atletico fans that he will remain beyond 2020 when his current contract expires at the club.

Chelsea were rumoured to have been interested in acquiring the Belgian’s services and reports suggested that they were willing to pay his £35 million buy-out clause, which seems a snip for such a young and talented player, but Carrasco appears keen to remain at Atletico where he is playing in the Champions League and competing at the very top of the domestic league.

"I will be here until 2020 but I hope I will continue beyond that,” Carrasco told AS.

"I'm very happy at Atleti. I have been very well received at the club. When I play well and score goals, the fans chant my name and I hope to continue like that."

"I work with the aim of being a starter but it's the coach that has to make the decision," Carrasco said. "We are working hard and we are taking it one game at a time."

The Belgian has been in scintillating form this season and scored the winner against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last month. He continues to keep Nico Gaitan out of the team and gives Atletico another dimension when he plays with his direct running and speed.

He was signed from Monaco last summer and while he struggled at times to adapt last season, he has shown his worth this year with some top quality performances.