Antoine Griezmann set to stay at Atletico after contract extension

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann is set to remain with the club this summer after the French international signed a contract extension with the Spanish giants.

Griezmann, 26, had been heavily linked with Manchester United this season, and said last month there was a “6/10” chance he could move to Old Trafford this summer.

However, the forward had since agreed to remain at Atletico after a transfer ban against the club had been upheld by the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS).

The decision made by CAS meant that Atletico Madrid cannot sign anyone until January after failing in an appeal against a ban imposed in July 2016 for breaching FIFA rules over the signing of youth players.

The forward was capped 41 times for France, scoring 26 goals in the 2016-17 season as Atletico finished third in La Liga behind Real Madrid and Barcelona. He was named the third best player in the world, behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, at the Ballon d’Or ceremony in January.

“The first thing I want to do is apologise to people who misunderstood my statements,” Griezmann said after signing the contract extension that ties him to Atletico until 2022. “Since I have arrived, I have given everything for my club, my colleagues and my coaching staff.”

Nonetheless, it should be noted that Griezmann’s new contract has the same release clause as his old contract at 100 million Euros, thereby allowing the possibility for a club interested in the player to sign him. But for now, Griezmann, who said it would be a “dirty move” to leave the club in their hour of need, would remain with Diego Simeone’s team.

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