Antoine Griezmann has rejected a £87million transfer to Barcelona and dedicated his future to Atletico Madrid.
The participant revealed the snub to Barca in a weird documentary entitled ‘The Choice’ aired on a pay-to-view channel in Spain.
The fly-on-the-wall type documentary confirmed him taking recommendation from his father, his spouse and his sister as he mulled over the choices of becoming a member of Barcelona or staying at Atletico.
Antoine Griezmann has revealed he’ll keep at Atletico Madrid subsequent season
The information will come as a significant blow to Barcelona who had seemed set to signal him this summer season
Griezmann introduced it by way of Spanish TV channel Cero in a present that was referred to as ‘The Choice’
His father informed him: ‘You need to do what’s finest on your profession’. His spouse stated: ‘For those who be a part of Barcelona you’ll simply be one other one among their gamers’. Whereas his sister informed him he risked by no means profitable the Champions League if he stayed the place he was.
He claimed he had determined to remain after profitable the Europa League with Atletico Madrid however then nearly had his thoughts modified once more when he was booed by a piece of the membership’s supporters.
‘I used to be very affected by it,’ he stated. ‘I didn’t perceive why they have been whistling me.’ He then stated Diego Simeone calmed him down lastly serving to make the choice to remain.
The tedious naval gazing dream lasted half an hour and ended with Griezmann lastly pledging his allegiance to Atletico Madrid.
Some Barcelona supporters joked on social media: ‘Do not signal him president’ in tweets directed at Josep Bartomeu. However regardless of the ridicule his choice nonetheless represents a significant coup for Atletico coach Simeone who urged the membership’s board to throw every little thing on the French ahead to maintain him on the membership.
It additionally represents a blow to Barcelona and is the second successive 12 months they trumpeted a brand new arrival solely to see him fail to indicate – final 12 months it was Marco Verratti.
In the course of the present he sought recommendation from his dad, spouse and sister as he mulled over his choices
But, after all of the hullabaloo the striker decides to remain on the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium
After the published, Griezmann took to Twitter to precise his happiness at staying put: ‘My followers, my crew, MY HOME!!! @atletienglish,’ he wrote as he accompanied the tweet with a video of him outdoors the membership’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Griezmann’s choice represents a large U-turn and comes after the Europa League holders supplied the 27-year-old a large pay-hike leaving him £8.7m a season higher off by staying within the capital.
Sportsmail reported on the finish of final month that Simone needed the membership to tug out all of the stops to maintain their talisman.
Barcelona had supplied Griezmann round £13.1m a season however Atletico’s supply is believed to be nearer to £22m.
The French worldwide waited in useless for Barca to lift their supply however there was a reluctance to take action from the Spanish champions.
Griezmann joined Atletico in 2014 and is ready to signal a brand new deal value near £22m a season
He has scored 112 targets and claimed his first main honour with the Europa League final month
Their wage finances is already squeezed to the restrict simply maintaining Lionel Messi because the world’s high earner.
There has additionally been one thing of a change of coronary heart over the necessity to signal one other ahead.
Griezmann staying at Atletico Madrid is sweet information for each Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho.
Dembele now has one much less participant to get previous to make the primary crew and Coutinho can be given extra minutes in an attacking function alongside Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.
Regardless of claims that Barcelona had been supplied Mohamed Salah in Griezmann’s place the Catalans at the moment are way more prone to flip their consideration to bringing in one other midfielder with each Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen and Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara into consideration.
As a part of Griezmann’s new deal his buy-out clause is ready to remain at £175m. It was on account of come right down to £87m on July 1 when Barcelona have been satisfied he can be theirs.
The ripples from the switch U-turn might be felt elsewhere. Monaco winger Thomas Lemar is now extra prone to be a part of Atletico Madrid than transfer to the Premier League as a result of Griezmann needs his France team-mate signed.
And Actual Sociedad will miss out on their Share of the Griezmann switch charge and will now be compelled to money in on ahead Willian Jose who Everton tried to signal final season and are nonetheless monitoring.