Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has admitted that his side’s UEFA Super Cup win over city rivals Real Madrid proves how much he was right to stay at the club.
Diego Simeone’s side have wrapped up a 4-2 win over European champions Real Madrid after extra-time in Tallinn, Estonia at the A. Le Coq Arena.
The France international has been strongly linked with away move from the Wanda Metropolitano this summer with Barcelona were interested in his signature.
The Catalan giants launched a transfer raid to Atletico but the 27-year-old has eventually opted to snub a move to the Camp Nou.
Griezmann, who almost joined Manchester United in the summer of 2017, has a €100m (£88m) release clause in his contract.
Speaking to Movistar after the game, Griezmann said: “I stayed because there was a good project.”
“I have confidence in this club, in Cholo [Simeone]. Today I saw that I was not wrong.”
“I was running in water a bit because it was my second game.”
“In the end, the important thing was to get ahead on the scoreboard, we made a very complete final.”
“We know that physically the two teams have not reached 100 per cent, the key was the desire to win.”
“It was time for us to win the UEFA Super Cup again, it was very important to start the season like this.”
Griezmann, who joined Atleti in 2014 from Real Sociedad, has established himself as one of Europe’s finest forwards at Spanish giants.
The Frenchman, who signed a four-year deal with the Rojiblancos last summer, has managed 112 goals in 209 appearances in four seasons.