Griezmann signs revised contract with Atleti

Atleti reward Frenchman with bumper wages and higher release clause

Griezmann's release clause now at €80 million

Griezmann's release clause now at €80 million

Atlético Madrid took steps to keep Antoine Griezmann at the club on Monday, revising the forward’s contract with los Rojiblancos.

His wages and release clause have been significantly increased, but the contract length was not extended.

Even before last season ended, the press reported that Griezmann was off to other clubs such as Chelsea and Bayern Munich because of the Frenchman’s ‘affordable’ €65 million release clause.

However, now Griezmann has signed a new contract, still set to expire in 2020, but one which will give a bump in his earnings and increase his release clause to €80 million.

This is not an insignificant move from the club. €80 million is the highest release clause an Atlético player has ever had.

This is a big departure from the accepted way of doing things. In the past, players would sign contract extensions in order to lower their release clause. The most notable example being Kun Agüero.

Kun had renewed his contract for the club, but at the same time his release clause had been lowered from €60 million to just €45 million.

Another season with 20+ goals would surely attract more attention and it seems likely Griezmann will continue banging in goals.

He was the team’s top goalscorer this pre-season, with four. Fernando Torres and Ángel Correa were the next in line with two goals each.

Each year, Griezmann has improved his goal scoring record.

Will he surpass his 22 league goals from last season?

  • Urban

    Good news, but I still consider the clause as affordable by many clubs. But perhaps this is intended…

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Two things :

    1- This would have never happened if his agent was Jorge Mendes .
    Although the bigger the deal the bigger the commission of the agent, but with Atleti, things are different for Mendes .
    We tried to put a bigger clause in Costa’s contract than the ridiculous 38 million when he renewed in 2013, but Mendes refused, just to make him cheaper for his friend Mourinho .

    2- This doesn’t necessary mean that if Grizi decided to leave someday we will sell him for the whole 80 million or just a couple of millions less .
    I hate to be negative, but with Gil & Cerezo you always have to expect the worse .
    On the positive side, I think Grizi agreeing on such a big clause means that he has no intention on leaving soon, and that’s the most important thing, we need his goals much more than we need those 80 millions .