Yannick Carrasco has revealed he wants to stay at Atletico Madrid despite reports linking him with Barcelona and Chelsea. The Belgian winger says he is ready to sign a new long-term deal at the Vicente Calderon, following his first-ever hat-trick for the club at the weekend as they demolished Granada 7-1.
Carrasco had an impressive debut campaign in La Liga last season following his arrival from Monaco, scoring five goals in 43 appearances. He also came off the bench in the Champions League final to score the equaliser that took the match into extra time.
Cadena Ser reported during the summer transfer window that Barcelona had been impressed by his pace and were considering his signing to serve as a back-up for the MSN trio formed by Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.
The La Liga giants eventually turned their attention to Paco Alcacer but Sport recently claimed the club were still monitoring Carrasco ahead of the future.Last month club technical secretary Robert Fernandez was spotted at the Vicente Calderon during the Atletico Madrid's 2-1 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League.
Sport pointed out that his €40m (£36m, $44m) release clause looks a reasonable fee, after Barcelona paid similar figures to sign Alcacer and Andre Gomes last term.
Mirror reported last week that Chelsea were also set to join the race to secure the Belgium winger following his impressive start to the new season at Atletico Madrid.
But Carrasco has now told suitors to forget about his signing as he looks to sign a new deal with Diego Simeone's side instead, with reports suggesting Atletico are ready to give him a pay-rise in exchange for increasing his buy-out clause, as they did previously with the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Saul Niguez.
"We are [in talks to sign a new deal at Atletico Madrid]. I have contract until 2020 but I wish to extend it to stay here longer," Carrasco said to reporters after scoring a hat-trick and providing two assists during the victory over Granada. He then expressed his gratitude for Simeone's support. "It's the first hat-trick of my career and also the first with Atletico. It's special to score one, even more to do it three times. I'm very happy. I went to celebrate the third with Simeone because he is always telling me that I need to score more goals."
Asked by Onda Cero whether there have been any discussions regarding a move to Chelsea, Carrasco added: "It's a lie [that I want to leave]. I have not spoken to anyone. I'm fine here at Atletico and I want to stay here."
Simeone also took advantage of the opportunity to praise the Belgian, claiming he has the potential to be "whatever he wants to be."
"I'm very happy for him. It's been a daily struggle for him to be what he was in this match. He's a very complete player, with very good scope for growth," Simeone added in the press conference. "He can be whatever he wants to be: he listens, has goals in him and is brimming [with quality]."