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Sorry Griezmann extends his contract with Atletico


By Robert Jones

Antoine Griezmann apologised for any misunderstanding his comments about his future may have caused in recent months after extending his Atletico Madrid contract until 2022.

Griezmann signed a one-year contract extension with Atletico on Tuesday to bring a definitive end to one of the year's longest-running transfer sagas.

The France international had looked on course to join Manchester United for a fee reportedly in the region of £87m - the release clause in his Atletico contract.

However, in what appeared to be a series of mixed messages from Griezmann while transfer speculation rumbled on, he also seemed to suggest he saw his future at Atletico as well.

In the end, the likelihood of any summer move to United began to disappear at the start of this month when the Europa League winners revealed their interest in the 26-year-old had cooled.

That came on the same day that Atletico lost their appeal against a Fifa-imposed transfer ban, meaning they would not be able to register any new players until next January.

In the wake of that ruling, Griezmann revealed he would be staying with Atletico, saying that leaving now would be a ''dirty move'', and on Tuesday penned a new deal that ties him to the Spanish outfit until June 30, 2022.

Speaking after signing his new contract, Griezmann said: "The first thing that I want to do is apologise to the people who misunderstood my statements.

"I'm very happy to live one more season with all of you.

"I will thank them all (the fans) by giving my best on the pitch, as always."

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