Forlan signs Atletico extension

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Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan has reportedly signed a contract extension with the rojiblancos until 2013.

The 30-year-old Uruguayan scored just 10 league goals in 63 league appearances for Manchester United during a frustrating two-season spell at Old Trafford.

However, since leaving the Theatre of Dreams, he as established himself as one of the most lethal marksmen in European football.

His 54 league goals in 103 outings for Villarreal have since been followed up with 48 in just 69 la Liga appearances for Atletico, with the striker picking up the Pichichi Trophy [Spain's top scorer] and the European Golden Boot for both clubs.

As a result, Forlan - along with strike partner Sergio Aguero - was linked with a host of clubs during the summer transfer window, including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

However, according to AS, the front-man has now signed a two-year contract extension with the Vicente Calderon outfit, which will see his salary rise to €5 million-per-season.

But Forlan's buy-out clause in the deal is believed to still be €36 million, a figure many of Europe's big-hitters would not balk at should the striker continue his red-hot form for Atletico in the first half of 2009/10