MLS MVP Martinez signs five-year contract with Atlanta

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Josef Martinez is staying in Atlanta for the foreseeable future after signing a new five-year contract.

The 2018 MLS MVP has committed to 2023 with the reigning MLS Cup champions, the team announced on Wednesday.

And Martinez, who has been linked with a lucrative move to Europe, could not be happier to be staying in Atlanta.

"This means a lot to me because of the affection that the fans have shown me, that the fans show all of the players. It's unique," Martinez said.

"They recognise the effort that you give and they know you did everything to win, and I think that's why we love playing here.

"I have to thank everyone. My team-mates, the city, my family and friends, because this is a dream I've always had. I've said before that I don't want to go anywhere because this is my home.

"You can expect more work, more intensity, because that's who I am. I want to win. I want to do everything for my team-mates and for the city."