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?