Antoine Griezmann has put an end to speculation linking him with a summer move away from Atletico Madrid, signing a deal that keeps him at Los Colchoneros until 2021. Manchester United, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain had all been linked with the France international in recent months, but Griezmann has committed his future to the Champions League runners-up.
The 25-year-old has served as the leader of Diego Simeone's side since he moved from Real Sociedad in the summer of 2014, scoring 32 goals in 54 appearances for Atletico last season – including seven in the Champions League.
Spanish newspaper AS reported in Januarythat Atletico were looking to increase the player's release clause from €80m (£61m, $91.1m) to something close to €100m in order to avoid him following the likes of Sergio Aguero, Radamel Falcao, Diego Costa and Arda Turan out of the club.
Griezmann later confirmed those talks, but negotiations were delayed amid interest from a host of Europe's richest outfits, including Chelsea and Manchester United.
The Frenchman's adviser, Eric Olhats, called any new deal into question last month, claiming that Griezmann was listening to proposals from other clubs.
"Contrary to certain claims announcing that Antoine at Atletico will be the case without fail next season, nothing has been decided or endorsed," Olhats told L'Equipe. "We are currently listening to different clubs who also offer real interest and attraction."
L'Equipe added that Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain were the "serious contenders" for his signature.
ESPN later confirmed that Jose Mourinho wants him at Old Trafford, but said the future of the forward would depend on Diego Simeone's plans, after the Argentine revealed he could leave following the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.
However Simeone has finally decided to stay and Griezmann has followed in his footsteps by signing a new deal.
"Antoine Griezmann has renewed his contract with our club until the 30 June 2021. The French striker extends his contractual relationship for one more season with Atletico Madrid," the club confirmed on Thursday morning in an official statement.
Griezmann, meanwhile, has claimed that the club's intention to keep growing has been key to making the decision.
"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 said.
"The club wants to keep the level as high as possible and we have to give everything to continue growing. I hope we can keep this way and continue with this progression".
José Luis Pérez Caminero, Atletico's sporting director, added: "I think it's a fantastic news for all the fans 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 feel 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."