“Did everything possible to stay” at Atlético Madrid: Antoine Griezmann

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has said he has done everything he can to stay at the club after making his loan deal permanent from Barcelona by signing a contract until 2026 on Monday. The striker has been back at the Metropolitano since joining on loan in August 2021 after a difficult period at the Camp Nou, having joined from Atletico for €120m ($116.5m) in 2019. “I’m very happy because it’s what I’ve wanted since coming back,” Griezmann said in a video published by Atletico on social media.

“To stay at Atletico, to enjoy being at the club, with the coach, my teammates, the stadium, the fans, I did everything to stay here.

“When I saw that there was a chance to stay for many years, I spoke to the club. I knew what they wanted from me, I didn’t think much. I didn’t care what I had to do. The only what I wanted to stay here.”

According to reports in Spain, the 31-year-old agreed to cut the salary he was earning at Barcelona in order to make his stay permanent.

“I will give everything for my club, the trust of the coach, the fans, Atletico,” Griezmann continued. “I will give everything for the badge. I could miss chances or passes but I will give everything I can until the last second. I want that to be seen and felt.”

“The fans are trying to get their season tickets, to come and support us from the stands. This is my tribute to the fans.”

The 2018 world champion was a key figure in coach Diego Simeone’s plans last season but has been largely reduced to substitute appearances this season as Atletico tried to avoid paying an alleged €40m transfer fee if he has one certain number of games played.

With the World Cup approaching and Griezmann keen to play more, Atletico and Barcelona brokered a new deal, with Barcelona president Joan Laporta confirming the fee during the club’s general meeting on Sunday.

“It’s about 20 million euros plus four other variables,” said Laporta.

“There is another clause in the agreement to sell the player, which is that Atletico have to pay us the remaining difference up to the value of the previously agreed 40 million if they decide to sell him in the future.”

Atletico haven’t revealed the value of the new deal.

Griezmann has made 303 appearances for the club in his two appearances in the capital, scoring 144 goals.

He scored 35 goals in 102 games for Barcelona, ​​winning the 2021 Copa del Rey there. His arrival at Barcelona was supposed to be in 2018 but he famously decided to stay at Atletico for another season and made his choice in a TV documentary called La Decision.

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In club football, his greatest success came with Atletico, where he won the Europa League in 2018 and the UEFA Super Cup in the same year.

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