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Griezmann commits to Atletico stay


PARIS: Antoine Griezmann has committed to staying at Atletico Madrid next season, saying it would be a “dirty move” to leave the club after their transfer ban was upheld last week.

The France forward, who was the leading scorer at last year’s European Championsh­ip, has been heavily linked to a move to Manchester United in recent weeks.

He even said in one television interview that a move was “possible”, with United having been ready to pay a release clause in his contract reportedly of more than €100 million.

However, speaking on football show Telefoot on Sunday, he made it clear he will be staying in Spain for at least one more season having talked it through with the club’s directors.

“We decided that I will stay,” the 26-year-old Griezmann said. “We’ve got another good season ahead.”

Atletico’s transfer ban was upheld by the Court of Arbitratio­n for Sport last Thursday. The Fifa ban prevents Atletico from registerin­g new players until January.

“It’s a hard moment for the club, for my teammates,” Griezmann said.

“So it would be a dirty move for me to leave now.”

Atletico had lined up Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette as a potential replacemen­t for Griezmann.

“It’s sad for him, because he really wanted to come,” said Griezmann, adding that he hopes his France teammate joins in the January transfer window.

Griezmann scored 16 league goals for Atletico last season, having netted 22 in his two previous seasons.

He scored his 16th internatio­nal goal for France in Friday’s 5-0 friendly win against Paraguay.

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Antoine Griezmann.

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