Griezmann commits to staying at Atletico Madrid next season


However, Atletico Madrid will not be able to sign or register any player until January 2018 after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the club's summer transfer ban.

Old Trafford "insiders" made claims that they chose to withdraw from negotiations over deals for Cesc Fabregas, Toni Kroos and Pedro after they failed in their bid to sign players, but it seems these leaks are little more than an attempt to win a PR war after a transfer setback. With my sports advisor, Eric Olhats, we chose to stay.

Talk around the soccer world last week seemed focused on whether or not Antoine Griezmann would agree to head to Manchester United via a pricey transfer.

Both sides failed in their initial appeals to Federation Internationale de Football Association, but Real had their ban cut into half by CAS, while Atletico's suspension was upheld on Thursday, although their fine was reduced. It would be a dirty move to leave now.

Now that Atletico can not register new players again until Jan 1, it is anticipated they would offer Griezmann a new contract. There is still a attractive season to be done and we hope to get some new signings in January. Griezmann refused to leave Diego Simeone in such a position, and therefore made his decision.

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His appearance for France came after Spanish newspaper AS reported that Griezmann had agreed an improved new deal with Atletico.

The forward, who registered 26 goals and 12 assists in all competitions this season, has been tipped to sign a contract extension with Atleti in the coming weeks.

Atletico were said to be looking at Alexandre Lacazette as a replacement had the ban been lifted.

For now, he remains in the red and white of Atletico.