Madrid (AFP) – French striker Antoine Griezmann announced on Thursday that he will remain at Atletico Madrid in a highly anticipated decision that ends speculation about a possible move to Barcelona.
"I've decided to stay" Griezmann told a pay-per-view channel 48 hours before his appearance at the World Cup in France.
The 27-year-old was heavily courted by Barcelona, but in the end he has extended his four-year residency to the Spanish capital
Last month he scored two goals in the 3-0 win by Atlético against Marseille in the Europa League final
It was Griezmann's first major title at Atletico, after losing on penalties to Real Madrid in the 2016 Champions League final after losing to Real two years earlier
losing out to Real Madrid in the same summer. Final against France.
"I want to win the Champions League … it was not good luck it was that we missed something." (19659008) His allegiance to Atletico was reportedly increasing by the Spanish media with a salary increase to 20 million a year, which made him the highest paid player in the club's history.
For Barcelona, His decision to stay in Madrid will be hard, a year after the loss of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain. The Catalan giants were all ready to fulfill his buy-out clause over 100 million euros.
Among those of Barca who will be disappointed with his decision will be Lionel Messi, who last week celebrated the compact No. 9 as "a great player". 19659011] "Good players always have an understanding and he has an extraordinary moment in his career," Messi said of the player who finished the season with 29 goals.
Griezmann has spent his entire career in Spain, but had only already won a Spanish Super Cup.
Griezmann can now concentrate on the World Cup, as France won against Kazan on Saturday in Kazan.
Last month, Miguel Angel Gil Marin, managing director of Atletico, attacked Barcelona over the persecution of Griezmann and said he was "fed up" with the Catalan club's stance.
"We have not even negotiated for Griezmann, nor do we intend to," he said.
A few months ago, I personally commented on Barcelona's foretaste that our player will neither sell nor sell it, "he continued.
" At the same time, I informed him that his inappropriate behavior was against integrity the competition is.
Marin added, "We are fed up with Barcelona's attitude."