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Antoine Griezmann makes public apology after signing new Atletico Madrid contract

Jon Wilde 14 Jun 2017
Antoine Griezmann (credit: Getty Images)

Antoine Griezmann has apologised for any misunderstanding his comments about his future may have caused in recent months after extending his Atletico Madrid contract until 2022.

The 26-year-old playmaker has signed a one-year contract extension with Atletico after he had appeared to be on course to join Manchester United for a fee reportedly in the region of £87million - the release clause in his Atletico contract - with Griezmann at one point saying there was a “six out of 10” chance of him moving to Old Trafford this summer.

However, in what appeared to be a series of mixed messages from Griezmann while transfer speculation rumbled on, the former Real Sociedad forward also seemed to suggest he saw his future at Atletico as well.

In the end, the likelihood of any summer move to United began to disappear at the start of this month when the Europa League winners revealed their interest in the 26-year-old had cooled.

That came on the same day Atletico lost their appeal against a FIFA-imposed transfer ban, which means they cannot register any new players until January.

In the wake of that ruling, Griezmann revealed he would be staying with Atletico, saying that leaving now would be a “'dirty move”, and he has now rubber-stamped that commitment by penning a new deal that ties him to the Spanish club until June 30 2022.

After signing his new contract, Griezmann said on his club's website:

“The first thing I want to do is apologise to the people who misunderstood my statements. Maybe I expressed myself badly or someone wanted to make news where there wasn't any, but since I came to Atletico I have given my all for my club, my team-mates and the coaching staff, and I am very happy to live one more season with all of you.  
“I will thank them all (the fans) by giving my best on the pitch, as always.”

Griezmann has been a huge success since joining Atletico from Real Sociedad in 2014 and has finished as the Rojiblancos' leading scorer in each of his three seasons there.

The forward, who has netted 83 goals in 160 matches for the club, now intends to take a break before returning to training with his team-mates ahead of next season, which will be the first for Atletico at their new Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

He said:
“Now I will rest for a few days to recover and return with my team-mates and the coaching staff to prepare for the season in Los Angeles de San Rafael, like every year.”


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