"They are doing everything they can to keep Atletico growing and so that they can play the Champions League final, hopefully at home [in 2019]".
France global Griezmann yesterday announced he will stay at Atletico, snubbing a summer move to the Nou Camp.
Jokes were made at Barcelona's expense too after they missed out on another big signing following the failure to buy Marco Verratti last summer. "This is going to make a difference".
"My fans, my team, my home", he finally exclaimed in a message that was also released simultaneously on his Twitter page and shared by his relieved club.
Since joining Atleti in a £27 million deal from Real Sociedad in 2014, Griezmann has scored an impressive total of 112 goals for the club.
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Griezmann's decision is a further boost for Atletico, who announced earlier this week that they had reached a preliminary agreement to sign Monaco forward Thomas Lemar.
"I feel there are things to do with Atletico", Griezmann added. At Barcelona, I would just be one more.
Griezmann took the unprecedented step of announcing his decision during an extensive documentary aired on Movistar+. "I will not regret it".
The forward is now on worldwide duty with France at the World Cup, and they get their campaign underway against Australia on Saturday.
The 27-year-old, who now has a €100m release clause, has had persistent speculation over a potential move away from the Wanda Metropolitano with Barcelona thought to be the main interested party.