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Griezmann decides to stay with Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has opted to stay at the club, rejecting the chance to join Barcelona this summer.

The French international is currently preparing for the World Cup in Russia where he will be hoping to follow up his Europa League success with a triumph on the international stage.

A superb season for Griezmann has seen him linked with Barcelona, who have been largely keen due to his form and connections with fellow countrymen Ousmane Dembele and Samuel Umtiti.

Whilst a move has been heavily reported in Spanish press, it is now understood that the former Real Sociedad man has turned down an approach and opted to remain with Atleti past the summer.

ABC believe that Griezmann has told Atleti of his desire to remain at the club, meaning Diego Simeone will have his leading marksman ready for next season.

Barca will now seemingly look for an alternative to Griezmann, however, reports in Spain on Monday morning claim they may just chose to trust Dembele, who stuttered in his first season at the Camp Nou.

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Further reports claim that Atleti could report Barca for their approach to Griezmann, meaning the Catalan club could be investigated and subsequently banned.

 

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