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Griezmann: Atlético Madrid have convinced ace to stay next term

Diego Simeone's assurances he'll be at the helm in 2017/18 have been a factor, while the striker knows money will be spent, FIFA ban permitting
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Griezmann: Atlético Madrid have convinced ace to stay next term
Víctor LerenaEFE

Atlético Madrid are thought to have convinced France international striker Antoine Griezmann to remain at the LaLiga club next season.

Griezmann, who marked his 100th league game for Atlético on Sunday with a brace, is one of Europe's most coveted players and a major Premier League target.

Heavily linked with summer United move

The 25-year-old former Real Sociedad forward has been particularly strongly linked with an end-of-season switch to José Mourinho's Manchester United.

And it's been reported that the Red Devils are ready to hand the forward a bumper deal that would leave him in the same wage bracket as Paul Pogba.

However, 'Le Petit Prince' is a footballer who feels a strong connection with Los Rojiblancos and is extremely settled within the squad and at the club.

Griezmann scores his second goal in Sunday's win over Valencia.
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Griezmann scores his second goal in Sunday's win over Valencia.FELIPE SEVILLANODIARIO AS

Striker is happy in the Spanish capital

Those close to him say he's tired of having to reiterate his happiness at Atlético, where he is challenging for trophies both in Spain and Europe.

And the messages that the Frenchman is sending out in public are the same as those he is giving off behind closed doors.

Simeone staying - and that's good news for 'Grizi'

Griezmann is very happy with coach Diego Simeone's commitment to continuing in the dugout in Los Colchoneros' first season in their new stadium.

The player himself admitted he had had doubts over his future last summer - doubts that were assuaged by assurances from his boss after their Champions League final defeat in Milan that he would be remaining at the helm.

If 'El Cholo' was staying, so was 'Grizi'. Atlético's plans for 2017/18 include both.

Griezmann also knows that, if Atleti are allowed to sign this summer, money will be spent on strengthening the squad, particularly in problem areas.

Atlético convinced Griezmann is staying put

Atleti are calm. They're sure that Griezmann - who's scored 77 goals in 144 appearances in all competitions since joining - will be at the club next term.


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