Griezmann’s going nowhere as the Frenchman will continue to don the Red, White and Blue of Atletico Madrid
After much teasing and testing, Griezmann finally came out with the decision. He made his decision via social networking site Twitter. He posted the following using his official account:
“Mi aficion, mi equipe, MI [email protected]
Mes supporters, mon equipe, MA MAISON! @AtletriFR
My fans, my team, MY [email protected]”
Mi afición, mi equipo, MI CASA! @atleti ?⚪?
Mes supporters, mon équipe, MA MAISON ! @AtletiFR ?⚪?
— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) June 14, 2018
The Frenchman has long been courted by Atletico’s domestic rivals, Barcelona. He too flirted with their advances, never rejecting the interest outright.
He used his position of leverage to demand more investment in the squad which resulted in Atleti buying Monaco’s much vaunted Thomas Lemar. His arrival was seen as a statement of intent by the Atletico board. At the same time, many considered this deal to have been funded from the windfall received from Griezmann’s sale. The move is reported to be priced at around €72 plus bonuses according to L’Equipe.
OFFICIAL: Atletico Madrid have reached an ‘agreement in principle’ with Monaco over the transfer of Thomas Lemar pic.twitter.com/Wgk3sDia7d
— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 12, 2018
Griezmann’s decision will come as a huge blow for Barcelona with many fans already considering it a done deal. On the other hand, Manchester United too were in the race for 27-year-old’s signatures. However, it must feel like deja vu for the United fans who experienced the same thing last summer. The player flirted all summer with the idea of moving to United but ended up continuing with Atletico.
This decision is likely to produce a knock-on effect as Barca will either focus their attention on other targets or Ernesto Valverde will have to make Ousmane Dembele a more prominent part of his plans for next season.
Griezmann’s staying. Somehow, it felt inevitable given how long it was taking for the Barca board to finalise a deal. The Barca fans will undoubtedly be shell-shocked by the revelation. The player himself can now focus on the World Cup with the talks of his future no longer acting as a distraction.