David Silva and the 10 Best Contract Extensions of the 2014 Summer Window
In many cases, securing the services of a star player with a contract extension can be even better than picking up a new signing.
The Spanish playmaker leads our list of the best contract extension agreements of the 2014 summer window so far...
Manchester City have dipped their toes into the proverbial summer transfer pool with the likes of Fernando and Eliaquim Mangala, but their best bit of business is undoubtedly the five-year contract they agreed with David Silva.
Deemed by many City fans as the club's best player, Silva is a creative force who has been essential in the acquisition of two Premier League titles since arriving from Valencia four years ago.
Thomas Muller has been on the books at Bayern Munich since he was 10 years old and has been an essential part of Die Roten's domination in recent seasons.
Before he headed out to the World Cup—where he scored five goals and lifted the trophy—Muller sought reassurance that he would be an "integral component" of Bayern's starting XI this season (as per The Guardian).
Evidently, he was given this assurance and agreed to extend his deal until 2019.
Perhaps the arrival of Robert Lewandowski will change Muller's role in some way, but the Bavarians will not regret retaining his services for another season.
Barcelona have been quite busy in the transfer market (despite being threatened with a transfer ban not so long ago), but the Catalan side have also been working hard to ensure their best assets remain at the club too.
Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi (more on the latter shortly) have both extended their contracts, along with star centre-back Gerard Pique. Shortly after the conclusion of the season, the 27-year-old defender inked a five-year deal that will keep him at the Camp Nou until 2019.
After an uninspired world Cup campaign, Pique claimed he was no longer among the best defenders in the world, but he will clearly form the backbone of Luis Enrique's new team.
In the January 2013 transfer window, Everton plucked John Stones from the relative obscurity of Barnsley and he duly became a dependable member of the Toffees back line.
The 20-year-old signed a five-and-a-half year contract on his arrival but has since been given assurance of his value on Merseyside with an improved five-year deal. Presumably, this was to fend off the advances of the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Stones—who has shown his versatility as a right-back or central defender—will now be paid around £30,000 a week, according to The Daily Mail.
Jackson Martinez has been linked with a move to the Premier League several times over the past few seasons, but Porto have made moves to fortify their agreement with the Colombian striker by extending his contract this summer.
According to Goal.com, the World Cup star recently signed a one-year extension on his deal that will keep him in Portugal until July 2017. Apparently, a release clause of €35 million has also been added into his deal.
The likes of Arsenal may have shown an interest, but Jackson will be essential to Porto's quest to win their 28th Liga title in 2014-15.
At the same time that Thomas Muller pledged his future to Bayern Munich, his sometime midfield partner Phillip Lahm also put pen to paper on a deal that will keep him at the club until June 2018.
Like Muller, Lahm has been a loyal member of the Bayern setup since his youth and has progressed to captain his side—and lead his country to the World Cup title.
Suffice to say, holding on to a talismanic team captain who can play as a full-back or defensive midfielder is an excellent result for the reigning Bundesliga champions. This new deal means Lahm is likely to end his career with Die Roten.
Days after the conclusion of the Liga season, Lionel Messi signed what ESPNFC describe as a "revised contract" to keep him at Barcelona.
The deal will earn the Argentinian superstar a £16.3 million annual salary, making him the highest-paid player in the world (as per The Daily Mail).
This is Messi's seventh new deal in 11 seasons, with the majority designed to fend off the advances of other clubs by offering more favourable terms.
As one of the best players in football history—who generates a phenomenal amount of revenue for his employers—one can certainly see the logic and importance in improving his contract.
There are few words that do justice to the majesty of watching Andrea Pirlo in control of a football, and the Italian playmaker has certainly enjoyed a career renaissance since joining Juventus in 2011.
The man with the greatest beard in football/life may be 35 years old, but the Old Lady has agreed to extend his deal for another two years.
His experience and ability to spray the ball around the field without breaking a sweat will be invaluable as the Turin side push to win their fourth consecutive scudetti in 2014-15.
Ross Barkley enjoyed an annus mirabilis at Everton last season, scoring eight goals (as per ESPNFC) and earning a place on England's plane to Brazil.
Accordingly, the 20-year-old had been linked with the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea, but Everton have held on to their star midfielder with a new four-year deal that was signed and sealed two weeks ago.
According to The Guardian, Barkley's wages have more than doubled to more than £60,000 per week, but that is a small price to pay for Roberto Martinez to keep him on the books.
Arsenal were among the clubs hoping that the potential arrival of Radamel Falcao at the Bernabeu would force Karim Benzema to move on from Real Madrid.
However, the Spanish giants have managed to keep the Frenchman on their books with the offer of a five-year contract that will keep him in the Spanish capital until 2019.
Benzema scored 24 goals in 52 appearances last season, forming a crucial part of Madrid's "BBC" (Bale, Benzema, Cristiano) attacking trident.
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