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He's done a Pardew

The sun will have swallowed the Earth whole by the time Saul Niguez’s new Atletico Madrid contract expires

Europe's biggest clubs have been monitoring the midfielder's situation but he has committed his future to the La Liga side

Saul Niguez has done an Alan Pardew.

Back when the silver-lidded gaffer was Newcastle manager he penned an eight-year contract that tested everyone’s concept of time.

Two years later he was sacked.

But the point is eight-year contracts are almost unheard of in football which is why Saul Niguez’s new Atletico Madrid is something to savour.

Manchester United snubbed the chance to sign Saul Niguez on the cheap three years ago

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This face will be unrecognisable by the time his contract finishes

The Spanish midfielder has signed a NINE-YEAR contract with the La Liga club, with the expiration date set for summer of 2026.

By then a race of super-lizards will have enslaved mankind and football (along with all other human pastimes) will be a thing of the past.

Either that or the sun would have swallowed the Earth whole, mercifully putting an end to the monotony of existence — happy Monday everyone!

Saul’s needlessly long contract effectively puts an end to the speculation that he will leave the club this summer.

His supreme form in the Under-21 European Championships attracted the interest of several top clubs with some reports suggesting Barcelona were plotting to match his £71million release clause.

Saul Niguez is in high demand, but will stay at Atletico Madrid for foreseeable future

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FUN FACT: Our Editor named his newborn son after Saul Niguez

But the 22-year-old has committed his future (of all of it) to Atletico, and will be 31-years-old by the time his current deal expires.

The club have stuck by him during his horrific kidney injury which has resulted in him passing blood after every training session and game for the last two years.

The historic nine-year deal should technically be in breach of FIFA rules which states a five-year maximum but the club have found a loophole through Spanish employment laws.

Saul Niguez celebrates after giving Spain the lead against Portugal

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He emerged as one of the best midfielders in Europe last season and this summer

“I am very happy because at Atleti we are a family and there is no better place to be.

“I will work my full potential on the field as always to pay back the trust that the club is giving to me. I’d like to thank all my teammates and the coaching staff for their help day by day so that I can be the player I am today”.

It is one of the longest contracts ever in football with Denilson holding the record when he penned an 11-year contract with Real Betis in 1997.

Some say Betis are still paying the Brazilian’s wages to this day.

Denilson signed for Bordeaux three years before his 11-year deal ended

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Denilson signed for Bordeaux three years before his 11-year deal ended

Get used to the image of Saul in an Atletico shirt.

He’ll still be lining up in their midfield on Doomsday.

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