Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Antoine Griezmann reveals club future on 'Decision' special

Antoine Griezmann GETTYAntoine Griezmann will surely be a key figure for France at the World Cup in Russia this summer
Shannon Reynolds | 15 June, 2018, 01:53

"Another way to see the footballer's life and his doubts to make the most important decision of his career", Pique wrote on Twitter.

But having dragged it out for a lot longer than he probably needed to, including filming two different decision videos and trying to initiate Lebron James' infamous 2010 Miami Heat signing announcement, Griezmann finally announced on a Spanish TV documentary this evening that he will be staying at the Wanda Metropolitano.

"You chose to stay at Atleti and I hope you go great this season!"

And yet, he opted to reveal his decision in a 45-minute TV special - in a stunt reminiscent of LeBron James' identically titled ESPN special in 2010, when the National Basketball Association star announced he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat.

The forward, 27, said he wanted to clarify his future before France's World Cup opener against Australia on Saturday.

But the truth is, what I'm going to say now...

Antoine Griezmann made his announcement after months of speculation.

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The tease is part of a promotion by Movistar Plus, who have billed it as "The Decision", with the hashtag #LaDecision on social media.

His "decision" behind him, Griezmann can now focus on the World Cup with France.

France star Griezmann has always been linked with a move away from Atleti, with Barca holding talks with the 27-year-old's representatives in the latter stages of the 2017-18 season.

Griezmann announced on Spanish television on Thursday that he would be staying at Atletico next season amid heavy interest from La Liga champions Barcelona.

"I'm so happy. I really appreciate the club's confidence in me", Gimenez said in a statement.

Throughout the whole process, even after Griezmann's news conference, Barca remained optimistic that months of work would end up with the signing being completed.

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