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Antoine Griezmann announces he will reject Barcelona and stay at Atletico Madrid

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The Frenchman revealed his future in a Spanish TV special titled ‘The Decision’

Antoine Griezmann will stay at Atletico Madrid rather than join Barcelona this summer.

The highly-anticipated announcement came in a Spanish TV programme titled ‘The Decision’ in which the Frenchman pledged his future to Atletico.

Griezmann took inspiration from LeBron James’ ‘The Decision’ in 2010

Griezmann took inspiration from LeBron James’ ‘The Decision’ in 2010

The France striker had been heavily linked with a 100million euros (£88million) move to Barcelona this summer, having last year been a reported target for Manchester United.

However, the 27-year-old has now decided to extend his four-year stay with Europa League winners Atletico.

Griezmann, who had said he would clarify his future before France’s World Cup opener against Australia on Saturday, also posted a video on social media on Thursday evening in which he confirmed he was staying put.

It is the second successive summer that Griezmann has opted to stay with Atletico amid speculation of a big-money switch away.

Last year it was United who looked to be leading the chase for his services, only for Griezmann to end up signing a one-year contact extension with Atletico, tying him to the club until 2022.

Tuesday’s announcement will be welcome news for the Rojiblancos.

Since joining from Real Sociedad for a reported £24million in 2014, Griezmann has scored 112 goals in all competitions for Aletico and finished each season as the club’s top scorer.

He also helped Atletico reach the 2016 Champions League final and scored twice as they beat Marseille 3-0 in last month’s Europa League final.

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