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Atletico extends contract of defender Hernandez until 2022

Club Atletico de Madrid v Las Palmas - Copa del Rey: Round of 16 Second Leg

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 10: Lucas Hernandez (R) of Atletico de Madrid competes for the ball with Mateo Ezequiel Garcia (L) of UD Las Palmas during the Copa del Rey Round of 16 second leg match at Estadio Vicente Calderon on January 10, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

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MADRID (AP) Atletico Madrid says it has extended the contract of young defender Lucas Hernandez until June 2022.

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The current contract of the 21-year-old Frenchman was going to end in 2020.

Hernandez has played 20 games for Atletico this season and is expected to start in Tuesday’s Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

He has played with Atletico’s youth squad since the 2007-08 season. He has also played for France’s youth teams.

Hernandez said Monday he was “thrilled” to remain “with the club of his life.”

Earlier this year Hernandez and his former girlfriend were sentenced to 31 days of community service for an altercation between the two.