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Theo Hernandez renews with Atletico Madrid and moves to Alaves on loan

The 18-year-old will gain valuable first-team experience at the Catalan club

Melbourne Victory v Atletico de Madrid Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

In order to avoid a possible move by Barcelona, Atletico Madrid have resigned Theo Hernandez until 2021 with a reported buyout clause of €24 million before leaving for Alaves on loan soon after.

The left-back was drafted into Diego Simeone’s first team squad and is set to eventually take over from Filipe Luis as Atletico’s first-choice left-back.

A brother of Lucas Hernandez, who had a good spell last year with the first team, he is also a left-sided defender who can play at centre-back and left-back. He is expected to start immediately for Alaves, who will be trying to avoid relegation in their first year back in La Liga in ten years.

Atletico released a statement that read: “"In order to maintain his excellent progression and seek the playing minutes necessary for his growth in football, Atletico de Madrid and Alaves have reached an agreement for Theo Hernandez to play on loan for the Basque team.

"The club wishes him the best of luck in this new stage with Alaves."