Chelsea target Antoine Griezmann has confirmed he is "in talks" with Atletico Madrid to commit his long-term future to the club with a new deal which would see his release clause increasing to €100m (£78.8m, $110m). The France international forward has insisted he is happy at the Vicente Calderon despite having become into one of the most sought after stars around Europe, with all Chelsea, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich reportedly monitoring his situation.
AS recently reported that Atletico Madrid had been forced to react to the interest by offering him a new pay-rise and increasing his €80m current release clause to €100m. Griezmann just signed a new deal with Diego Simeone's side but the club reportedly offered him a new contract again to avoid him becoming in the next Atletico major star to leave the Vicente Calderon, following the footsteps of Manchester City star Sergio Aguero or current Chelsea duo Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa.
Daily Mail earlier in February reported that the former Real Sociedad star instead had told close friends he wanted to move to England, with Chelsea ready to make an attempt to secure his signature at the end of the season after failing to lure him to Stamford Bridge last summer.
Griezmann, however, then denied those reports in a press conference while now during an interview with Cadena Ser has confirmed he is in talks to sign a new deal with a €100m release clause.
"We are in talks," Griezmann said to Cadena Ser. "More with my representative than me. I am dedicated to playing at the moment, but both parties are doing well."
"Since my presentation, there were many people supporting me, fans have always been with me and I try to appreciate that support. I try to give my best for the fans, the team and the club. They helps us a lot, when we are struggling, they give us a push to go forward, we need them. We like it when supporters (at the Vicente Calderon) sing because it gives us a bonus.
"I knew it was going to cost me at the start because I came from another way of playing and I struggled until the end of November and December,' he added. "From there I improved and with the support of my team-mates it gave me great strength, as well as from the coach [Diego Simeone]."