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Barcelona? I want to retire at Atlético Madrid – Saúl

Barcelona? I want to retire at Atlético Madrid – Saúl

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Saúl Ñíguez has been linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid in the last year, but he has no intention of ever leaving Atlético Madrid.

Atlético Madrid midfielder Saúl Ñíguez intends to retire at the club despite reported interest from the likes of Barcelona.

Saúl came through the ranks at Atlético and has established himself as a key player under Diego Simeone.

Saúl's displays have led to Barcelona, Real Madrid links

Although he is still just 23, this season is Saúl's fifth successive campaign in the Atlético first team, with his versatility proving a key part in the club winning five trophies, including two Europa League triumphs.

Barcelona were strongly linked with Saúl in pre-season, while he felt compelled to say a move to Real Madrid was "unthinkable" in September.

Saúl wants to "be at Atléico Madrid all my life"

But Atlético can feel safe in the knowledge that the Spain international never wants to leave the club, having signed a nine-year deal in 2017.

When asked whether he will retire at Atlético, Saúl told Radio Nacional España: "That's why I signed a long-term contract.

"That's my intention, to be at Atlético Madrid all my life, but in the world of football you never know.

"For me, yes [I want to retire at Atlético], but maybe I have a bad couple of years and then they grow to not love me anymore."

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