Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Griezmann pens Atletico Madrid extension

Gerard Pique Antoine Griezmann GETTY Gerard Pique up against Antoine Griezmann in La Liga last season
Frederick Owens | 21 June, 2018, 20:32

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique's involvement in the film during which Antoine Griezmann said he would stay at Atletico Madrid caused "surprise and unease" at the Nou Camp.

Thomas Lemar has agreed to join Atlético Madrid from Monaco, with the winger signing his contract at France's World Cup base in Russian Federation.

Griezmann also stated that he wished to avoid being "one more" at Barcelona, with Hernandez agreeing that joining a star-studded squad in Catalunya would have been the wrong choice.

The two clubs had reached a "preliminary agreement" over a deal for Lemar last week, Atletico said.

Griezmann, who scored in that 2-1 victory, said recently that he meant to remain at Atletico - having been heavily linked with a 100million euros (£88million) move to Barcelona in recent months.

The France worldwide announced last week he would announce his future on a televised documentary, during which he said had made a decision to stay at Atletico Madrid.

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Griezmann's prior deal was set to expire in 2022, which means he has only agreed to extend by a year, but he has committed to the Rojiblancos for the next five years.

Griezmann was in recent months heavily linked with a move to Barcelona, but the French forward last week ended the speculation over his future by announcing that he is staying at Atletico.

Left-back Lucas Hernandez has also extended his contract at Atletico, with his now expiring in 2024.

He told reporters: "I believe Griezmann made his choice a month ago".

Their club futures seemingly all but secure, the France trio will next be in action at the World Cup on June 21 against Peru.

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