Jurado extends Atletico contract

MADRID - Atletico Madrid midfielder Jurado has extended his contract by three years to the end of June 2013, the la Liga club said on Thursday.

The 23-year-old signed for Atletico from city rivals Real Madrid in July 2006 and played last season at Real Mallorca before returning to the Calderon.

"This is probably my best period at Atletico," Jurado said at a news conference. "The previous period here was not very good but now I am more confident and feel more at home here and have more experience."

Atletico have had a poor start to the season and are 18th in the standings with just seven points and one win from 10 games.