Antoine Griezmann 'signs new contract' at Atletico Madrid as speculation of summer transfer fades

The forward had been linked with a move to Manchester United this summer

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Antoine Griezmann has allegedly signed a new contract at Atletico Madrid to put speculation of a move away from the Spanish club to bed.

Reports from Spain claim that the highly-coveted Frenchman has agreed to a one-year extension at Atletico which will keep him in the Spanish capital until 2022.

Griezmann had looked set to join Manchester United this summer, after stating that he wanted to leave Atletico while admitting that a move to Old Trafford was a “possibility”, but the player made a surprising U-turn after Atletico failed to overturn their transfer ban.

The decision, made by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, means the La Liga side are unable to sign any new players this summer and prompted Griezmann to recommit his future to Atletico out of loyalty.

"The sanction of the CAS has fallen. Atletico can not recruit. With my sports advisor, Eric Olhats, we decided to stay,” he said at the time.

"It's a hard time for the club. It would be a blow to go now. We talked to the club and we will be back for next season."

Griezmann’s loyalty has been repaid, it seems, in the form of a new contract. 

This most recent extension is Griezmann's third since joining the club in 2014, when his contract had a release clause of €65m.

In 2015 he signed a new deal that would increase the clause to €80m, and then again in 2016 that saw it rise to €100m.

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