Lucas Vazquez has turned down the chance to join Atletico Madrid and is expected to sign a new contract with Real Madrid.
Vazquez’s current deal is due to expire at the end of the season, with reports throughout the campaign suggesting he may leave for free.
Most recently, it seemed that a breakthrough was imminent and AS now reported that the universal Spaniard was on the verge of agreeing a three-year extension. Atletico are believed to have sent a proposal to Vazquez, but he quickly rejected the offer. Apart from a short spell with Espanyol, he has been at Real since the days of his youth team and feels uncomfortable switching between cities.
The breakthrough in the talks came after Los Blancos raised its bid from 3.5m euros to 5m euros a year. It is now said that only a late break in negotiations will prevent Vazquez from remaining at the Santiago Bernabeu after the end of the season.
Of course, Milan has a keen interest in the player and although they have presented a specific offer to Vazquez, a move seems less and less likely. The player is even willing to accept less than the 5 million euros he currently has on the table to stay at his boys’ club.
Vazquez played regularly for Real before suffering a knee injury at the end of the season during El Clásico in April. He had previously made 34 appearances in all competitions, most of them on the right back, although he also competed on the wing. He scored two goals and recorded eight assists this season.
His injury means he will not be absent from Real’s decisive semi-final in the semi-final against Chelsea on Wednesday. The results are currently at 1-1, and Karim Benzema’s exquisite strike canceled Christian Pulisic’s opening in Madrid last week. The winner of this draw will face Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain in the final.