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Official: Lucas Hernandez signs new contract to 2020

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The defender becomes the latest rojiblanco to renew his contract

FC Barcelona v Club Atletico de Madrid  - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: First Leg Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Not too long ago, I theorized that Theo Hernandez’ impending contract renewal and loan to newly-promoted Alaves - since made official - could pave the way for his older brother Lucas to receive a sparkling new contract of his own. I based this on two things: Atletico Madrid have made it a mandate to renew its core players and if one of the Hernández brothers was signed to a new deal, the other likely would follow suit.

Sure enough, Atletico confirmed Monday morning that Lucas has signed a new deal to 2020, less than one year after renewing to 2019.

“I am very happy to stay at the club of my life,” Lucas said in a release issued by the club.

Just 20 years old, the center back/left back was not expected to be a major contributor in 2015-16 but came up huge towards the end of the season. With Atletico’s defense ravaged by injury, Lucas played a pivotal role in the Champions League quarterfinal rally against holders Barcelona and gained Diego Simeone’s trust in the later months thanks to his steady positioning and unwavering commitment to the team. The France-born canterano will get even more minutes in 2016-17, with most of them likely to come as Filipe Luis’ deputy at left back as brother Theo has been loaned out.

All in all, great news.