Antoine Griezmann has ended speculation surrounding his future by signing a new five-year contract with Atletico Madrid, the club confirmed on Thursday.
The France international had been linked with a move away from the Spanish capital this summer after scoring 32 goals in all competitions for the Colchoneros this season.
But Griezmann has now opted to put talk regarding his future to one side by inking a new deal which will keep him at the Vicente Calderon until 2021.
A delighted Griezmann told Atletico’s official website: “I’m very satisfied, very happy to keep belonging to this family and this project.
“I want to improve every year, and the club, the coaches and my teammates can help me to reach this goal.”
Griezmann, 25, stressed the importance of Atletico keeping their structure in place, including coach Diego Simeone – who had been contemplating his future after the club’s Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid.
“It’s essential to continue keeping the important players, with the coach,” he added. “We’re lucky to be in this club that wants to improve and reach the top and help us keep growing.”
Atletico’s sporting director Jose Luis Perez Caminero lauded Griezmann’s decision to stay put in the Spanish capital and reiterated the club are determined to keep hold of their biggest stars.
He said: “I think it’s a fantastic news for all the atléticos because it’s about an excellent player, one of the best footballers in that position, who has already proved his magnificent quality during his two first seasons with us, and he also has a huge margin for growth.
“He’s very beloved and appreciated by our coach and his teammates, and admired by the fans, who will surely feeling very happy today with this announcement. The club has a solid intention of keeping all the key players and Antoine is one of them, so we must congratulate ourselves for this renewal.”