Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Antoine Griezmann: Atletico Madrid forward to stay at La Liga club

Antoine Griezmann: Atletico Madrid forward to stay at La Liga club

Now it's official: Antoine Griezmann will continue at Atletico Madrid and will not sign for FC Barcelona.

Griezmann has been a long-term target for Atletico's La Liga rivals Barcelona and the French worldwide was strongly tipped to make the move to the Nou Camp this summer.

He is now with the France squad, preparing for the World Cup, as Les Bleus kick off their campaign against Australia on June 16th.

Griezmann, 27, joined Atletico in July 2014 from Real Sociedad and has finished top scorer with the Madrid side in each season he has been at the club.

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"Many calls come to my sister [and representative Maud Griezmann], but now [April 20] I'm not sure".

A video then circulated on social media on Thursday, teasing that an announcement was forthcoming, before Griezmann made the decision.

"If they [Atleti] buy good players we can win the Champions League here and enter the history of the club".

"However, in a sporting sense they say that at Barcelona they've not won the Champions League in three years and they want to win it with you and that you'll find it easier to win the Champions League with Barcelona than with Atletico".

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Coach Diego Simeone said he would bear no grudge with Griezmann if he left, although Atletico chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin offered him a thinly veiled message after his talismanic display against Marseille, saying.

After France take on the Socceroos on Saturday, Didier Deschamps men face up against Peru and finally Denmark in Group C.

Earlier this week, Atletico announced a deal in principle to sign Griezmann's France teammate Thomas Lemar from Monaco for a reported €60 million transfer fee as part of an effort to persuade Griezmann to remain at the club.

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