Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann has finally made a decision on where he will be playing next season amid speculations linking him with Barcelona.
The 27-year-old has officially confirmed that his future will not be at Barcelona this summer, and he decided to stay at Atletico instead.
Griezmann, who was previously the main target of Manchester United, has emerged as Barcelona target this summer. But the France international forward has eventually rejected Barcelona and confirmed to stay at Wanda Metropolitano.
Following a documentary broadcast on Spanish TV station Movistar, Griezmann revealed his final decision on tweeter: “My fans, my team, my home: Atletico Madrid.”
Mi afición, mi equipo, MI CASA! @atleti 🔴⚪🔴
Mes supporters, mon équipe, MA MAISON ! @AtletiFR 🔴⚪🔴
— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) June 14, 2018
Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has also given his verdict on Griezmann’s decision which came after an extraordinary manner of the announcement.
Speaking to Sky Sports News on Thursday, Balague said: “He had prepared all this for a long time. All those conversations shown took place in April.”
“He spends half-an-hour going like ‘should I go, should I stay’ – there wasn’t much more action, to be honest. But it is something that everybody was waiting for, including Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.”
“So it is fascinating from the point of view of ‘why is it being done this way?’ Quite clearly now the players have the ability to control the message.”
“What’s more fascinating is that one of the shareholders of the TV company that did it is (Barcelona player) Gerard Pique, who only a few hours before tweeted ‘I’ve got the popcorn, let’s see what the movie is like’.”
“It was all a bit of fun but not so much for the fans of Barcelona, who expected a different decision, and the Barcelona board, who expected to welcome Griezmann, but now they won’t be able to get the calibre of player of Griezmann.”
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Griezmann has been at Atletico Madrid since 2014 as he joined the side from Real Sociedad. The Frenchman has since gone on score 112 times in 209 appearances in all competitions helping the Rojiblancos to win Europa League and Supercopa de Espana.
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