Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Antoine Griezmann confirms his post-World Cup future

France's World Cup numbers. Image PA France's World Cup numbers. Image PA
Domingo Copeland | 15 June, 2018, 10:34

"They told me that it's normal for you to be offered more money where you're the club's main player", she explained on the phone in the documentary in which Griezmann announced his decision, relaying her discussions with the Blaugrana.

Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann celebrates a goal.

In March, he said his future "would be decided before the World Cup", and in April, he said everything was pending talks with Atletico.

His announcement mirrors a similar method used by National Basketball Association player LeBron James when he moved to the Cleveland Cavaliers from the Miami Heat in 2010.

Griezmann toyed with a move last summer, flirting with Premier League side Manchester United, before finally signing a new contract with Atletico when they had an appeal against a transfer ban rejected.

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Meanwhile, Barca went on the offensive.

Griezmann looked likely to be swayed by ongoing interest from Barca, with the La Liga champions' president Josep Maria Bartomeu in May revealing he had spoken with the player's agent.

But then came the decision on the show, accompanied by a timed tweet on his official Twitter account.

Griezmann ultimately chose to do the right thing by his employers by not abandoning them, and since then Manchester United's interest in the France global has cooled.

His "decision" behind him, Griezmann can now focus on the World Cup with France. Sources said Griezmann worked actively to bring Lemar to Atletico. It was either Barcelona or Atlético Madrid for him next season.

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