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Antoine Griezmann will not join Barcelona this summer after announcing he will return to Atletico Madrid after the World Cup.
Months of speculation surrounding the player came to an end on Thursday, when he went to Twitter to make his announcement:
Antoine Griezmann @ AntoGriezmann
My hobby, my team, MY HOME! @atleti 🔴⚪🔴
Month supporters, mon équipe, MA MAISON! @AtletiFR 🔴⚪🔴
My fans, my team, MY HOME! @atletienglish 🔴⚪🔴 https://t.co/ByD8Cju5Yb
Griezmann was linked for a long time with a move to Barcelona and was expected to confirm if he would stay in the capital or go to Catalonia at a press conference before this date. week.
The 27-year-old refused to reveal any plans for his future, although he admitted that he had made a decision. Here is a reminder of what Griezmann had to say:
B / R Football @ brfootball
Antoine Griezmann says his future has been decided … but he will not say how 👀 https: / /t.co/bqAZ5rmXtt
Some attendees will be relieved by the story surrounding the sniper, dating back to January, when Barcelona denied that an agreement had been reached between them and the player with a statement on their official website it's over.
Griezmann is part of the French team at the FIFA World Cup. Les Bleus starts their tournament with a match against Australia on Saturday.
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For fans of the club in the capital, the decision to stay will be well received despite the furor, as Griezmann is one of the best strikers in the game.
As Kieran Canning of Agence France-Presse pointed out, although some sections of the fan base have criticized Griezmann in recent months, his record speaks for itself:
Kieran Canning @ KieranCanning  Griezmann 112 goals, 40 assists in 209 games for Atleti.
Torres 120 goals, 16 assists in 347 games for Atleti.
That one treat him like a hero and the other a villain is crazy!
Griezmann would have a place in any squadron of world football, such is the influence he can have in football matches.
The first Real The Man of the Society is at his best playing in support of another forward, but he is also able to lead the line and even push to wider positions. Regardless of where you are in the field, your pace and your magnificent left foot make it a threat.
Griezmann was playing as well as he did with Atletico at the end of last season and memorably inspired the team to victory in the UEFA Europa League final against Marseille with two goals.
As noted The Spanish soccer podcast was a consistent goalscorer throughout the competition:
The Spanish soccer podcast @ tsf_podcast
Congratulations Atleti. Worthy winners of a competition they really did not want to be. Griezmann MVP with goals against FC Copenhagen, Lokomotiv Moscow, Sporting Lisbon, Arsenal and Marseille. At the exit of Neptune … #UELFinal
In the years to come, there may be more exciting moments for Atlético. Griezmann not only will be present to play in partnership with Diego Costa next season, but also Thomas Lemar will join them after it is confirmed that the La Liga team has an agreement to sign the midfielder.
Griezmann will remain at the heart of all his attacking games, too, something that would not have been possible for him in Barcelona. His decision to stay will surely make the next season's title race special.