Blossoming at Atlético Madrid, Antoine Griezmann has chosen continuity this summer. However, the French international did not lack solicitations during the summer transfer window. According to the newspaper l'Équipe, Saudi Arabia has indeed come forward to convince him by offering an annual salary of more than 50 million euros. But “the presence of Diego Simeone” with the Colchoneros and the dream goal of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris would have convinced the 2018 world champion to continue the adventure in La Liga.
“There were calls, keys …, confirmed the number 7 of the Blues at a press conference this Wednesday. But I am 15 goals from the historic record for the number of goals scored at the club (Griezmann is at 158, the record held by Luis Aragonés is 172 goals). I told my sister (Maud who manages her interests with her lawyer Me Sevan Karian) that we were not moving, to break this record. I took a long time to be reintegrated among the supporters too so it was not the time to leave.
Still unstoppable in the France team, “Grizou” therefore repelled Saudi advances while PSG also interfered in the file in the heart of summer, adds the sports daily. But despite the Frenchman's affordable release clause at Atlético (25 million euros), the capital club would not have followed up because of his excessive emoluments (8 million euros per year).
Griezmann, for his part, says he is happy at Atlético before perhaps joining MLS or Saudi Arabia in the next few years, two destinations to which he opened the door recently.