With the biggest match of his short career ahead of him this Saturday, Antoine Griezmann sat down with Spanish sports paper AS in the run up to the Champions League final and confirmed that he would soon be putting pen to paper on a new contract with Atlético Madrid.
Despite only renewing his agreement with Atlético last summer, Griezmann confirmed that Atleti had offered a new deal, and that he hopes to stay with Atlético
“Atlético have given me an offer to carry on and I want to stay,” the young Frenchman said, to the delight of Rojiblancos everywhere.
“We’re in talks and I want to get it all sorted before the Euros so I can play in France with my mind at ease.”
“I said Atlético Madrid was among the five best teams in Europe and the truth is that now we’re among the best two. Hopefully we’ll be the best in Europe.”
The new deal will include an extension to his current terms, and an increase of his buyout clause to €100 million. That should hopefully put an end to the transfer rumours for another season at least.
Atleti seem to be on a run of agreeing new contracts with their stars this week. Saúl extended his deal to 2021 with Atlético last week, whilst Tiago signed a one-year contract extension just a few days ago.
There are also rumours that a two-year deal, with the option of a third, is on the table for Fernando Torres, a player that Antoine Griezmann has developed a strong bond with up front for Atleti.
At the beginning it’s always hard,” said the 25-year-old. “You don’t know the other player, how he loses defenders, if he likes the ball at his feet, in space, or if he plays one-twos. We lacked understanding at the start.”
“I try to give Fernando the ball in the best positions and he knows where the goal is,” Griezmann explained, before he delivered the killer quote of the interview.
“I hope Fernando scores the winner in Milan.”
The final is just six days away, and with time ticking down, nerves are starting to kick in for Atlético fans. Nerves mixed with a whole lot of excitement.
“To beat Real Madrid, we have to play a great game and defend well. We have to take the chances we create.”
Antoine Griezmann’s message to the fans, in an interview littered with indications of his sense of humour and work ethic, was simple.
“Trust in us, everything will go well.”