Antoine Griezmann's Atletico Madrid-Barcelona decision teased in social media video
Antoine Griezmann could make his decision to stay at Atletico Madrid or join Barcelona via a specially produced video — with a partial spoiler having already been published by a Spanish radio station.
Griezmann said he will let everyone know ahead of France’s World Cup opener on Saturday against Australia whether he will accept a new contract offer from Atletico or push through a €100 million move to the Camp Nou ahead of next season.
But a video filmed by Griezmann at his home in Madrid, posted on Twitter by Cadena Cope’s “El Partidazo” radio show but since deleted, teased the 27-year-old’s decision.
“You’re fed up with all the talk — am I going, am I staying, how much they will pay me, how much they won’t pay me,” Griezmann said. “But the truth is what I am going to say now…”
Griezmann, Atletico’s top scorer for the last three seasons, said at a news conference on Tuesday that the decision was made but he was not yet ready to go public, though France Football reported he will sign a new contract in Russia at some point on Thursday.
Several outlets reported that two versions of the video have been filmed, one with Griezmann announcing he will stay at Atletico and the other announcing a move to Barca.
Earlier this week, Atletico announced a deal in principle to sign Griezmann’s France international teammate Thomas Lemar from Monaco for a reported €60 million transfer fee as part of an effort to persuade him to remain at the club.
Meanwhile, Atletico defender Jose Maria Gimenez, linked recently with Real Madrid and Manchester United, has signed a contract tying him to the club through 2022-23.
“I’m so happy. I really appreciate the club’s confidence in me,” Gimenez said in a statement. “Since I arrived at the club, we have grown so much, we have won important titles, we have consolidated [among] the great teams in Europe, we have a brand-new stadium and it is an honour that they bet on me and to be able to keep contributing to the growth of this great project.”
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan
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