Antonio Griezmann has spoken of his intention to stay put at Atletico Madrid this summer. The French forward disregarded the offer to move to Camp as he is still very satisfied with his presence in Spain.
According to the brilliant forward, it is hard to reject a move to Barcelona but insists he feels “love” at Atletico Madrid. The France star was heavily linked with the La liga champions before the World Cup but revealed in June he would be staying at the Wanda Metropolitano through a video message entitled ‘The Decision’.
Griezmann agonised for some time over his future, with Barcelona reportedly ready to pay his €100 million (£89m/$116m) release clause in order to add him to an attack that already features Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele. However, he is confident he made the right choice, telling L’Equipe “It’s like when you get love at home, you’re not going to go anywhere else”
“It’s hard to say no to clubs like Barcelona but, really, I’m fine here. It’s my home and I want to do something great. Also, at the club, they have done everything to make me feel good, including efforts to sign important players and create a great team. I feel like the base, or the most important piece of the puzzle. That is why I am staying” he added.
To cap it all up, Atletico Madrid won the UEFA Super Cup after a 4-2 win over Real Madrid, putting the forward in an important position to compete for the Ballon d’Or even though he was sidelined for the just concluded FIFA nominees.
“We know Messi and Cristiano will be there. From the last 16 of the Europa League and the quarter-finals of the World Cup, I think I was an important player. I was always present in key moments. So, this year, I have a small part to play” he said.
Futhermore, he added that Kylian Mbappe is very good. “He can become very, very strong of the Paris Saint-Germain forward. His runs are only towards goal and he has already started to do it early in the season again” he said.