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Antoine Griezmann Rejects Premier League To Stay At Atletico

griezmann-stayingYou can cross another striker of the Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United shopping lists as Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann has signed a new five-year deal keeping him at the club until 2021 and his release clause has reportedly been increased from €82.3m (£63m) to €100m (£76.6m).

An Atletico statement read:

“Antoine Griezmann has renewed his contract with our club until June 30th, 2021.

“The French striker has therefore extended by one season his contractual relationship with Atletico Madrid.”

The 25-year-old striker joined Atletico from Real Sociedad in the summer of 2014 when Diego Costa had left for Chelsea. Only Cristiano Ronaldo (148) and Lionel Messi (143) have scored more goals in the last four La Liga seasons than Griezmann (70).

“I’m very satisfied, very happy to keep belonging to this family and this project. I want to improve every year, and the club, the coaches and my teammates can help me reach this goal,” Griezmann told the club’s official website.

“The club wants to keep the level as high as possible and we have to give everything to continue growing. I hope we can keep this way and continue with this progression.

“Personally I’d like to score more goals, have more time and matches to play, assist more. My goal is always to be better than the last season. At the collective level we are looking for doing better than last year as well.”

Sporting director Jose Luis Perez Caminero added:

“I think this is great news for all Atletico fans because we are talking about an excellent football player, one of the best at his position.

“He has already shown his incredible talent over the first two seasons and with a huge growth margin. He is a player who is well loved and valued by our coach and by his teammates and admired by the fans and I can assure you that today they are very happy with this news.

“The club has made a firm promise to retain key football players and Antoine is one of those, so we should congratulate him on this renewal.”