The former Osasuna schemer is firmly established as a first-choice in Atletico's midfield and said: "I am happy with my situation in the team, that is certain. And I needed to play so many games.
"Big-name players always come to Atletico and I know the fans have those expectations. I do not have a name and I've had to fight for everything. But I am happy, pleased and with motivation. Now I feel of equal importance to my teammates in the team."