Griezmann quashes rumours with new deal

Antoine Griezmann has extended his contract at Atletico Madrid to put an end to the speculation linking him with a move away from the Spanish club.

The France international had been a reported target for Manchester United before Atletico saw their transfer ban upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport recently.

Griezmann appeared to send out mixed messages about his future as the rumours continued to grow, for which he has now apologised after committing to Los Colchoneros until 2022.

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"The first thing I want to do is apologize to people who have misunderstood my statements," the 26-year-old forward told the club's official website.

"I might have expressed myself wrong or some would like to make headlines where there were none, but since I have arrived I given everything for my club and my colleagues and my coaching staff and I am very happy to have more seasons with all of you.

"I will thank everyone by giving everything in the field, as always."

Griezmann has signed a 12-month extension to the deal that would have expired in 2021, although his release clause is reportedly unchanged at €100 million.

Atletico sporting director Jose Luis Perez Caminero added: "It is great news because he is one of the best players in the world and we should congratulate ourselves for having him.

"Antoine is a different player, able to change a match, with a spectacular qualities, a very complete player."

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