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France forward Antoine Griezmann rejected a move to La Liga champions Barcelona in order to stay at Atletico Madrid, he said on Thursday in a remarkable documentary broadcast on Spanish television.

He is now with the France squad, preparing for the World Cup, as Les Bleus kick off their campaign against Australia on June 16th.

Griezmann, 27, joined Atletico in July 2014 from Real Sociedad and has finished top scorer with the Madrid side in each season he has been at the club.

"You made a decision to stay at Atleti and I hope you go great this season!"

"Many calls come to my sister [and representative Maud Griezmann], but now [April 20] I'm not sure".

The France global, who was voted as the third best player in 2016, was heavily targetted by Barcelona since he signed a new contract with Atletico in May 2017 which had a release clause of 200 million euros.

However, we're just relieved the whole thing is finally put to bed.

Lionel Messi also voiced public support for the move, but the two-goal hero of Atleti's Europa League final win over Marseille insists he is going nowhere.

"I hope you got a refund mate", wrote @90thMin alongside a picture of a Barca fan with next season's shirt and "Griezmann 7" on the back.

The French attacker, who's getting ready to lead his nation as they aim to win gold in Russian Federation, has revealed that he will be remaining with the Rojiblancos this summer, despite Barcelona's explicit interest.

Griezmann received boos on Atletico's final game of the season, despite leading the club to Europa League glory.

"I went home very affected and my family too, I did not understand why they bust me". Am I staying? How much they will pay me?

"I have made a decision to stay".


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