Antoine Griezmann’s new deal with Atletico Madrid consists of the same old exit clause, club president Enrique Cerezo has revealed.
The Frenchman looked all but set to part ways with Los Rojiblancos and make a move to Manchester United this summer, but the transfer ban on Atletico Madrid resulted in the 26-year-old staying put at the Spanish club.
Moreover, to further dent the Red Devils’ hopes of signing the superstar in the future, the La Liga outfit announced that their prized asset had signed a new five-year contract, which would keep him in Madrid for the foreseeable future.
However, Manchester United are now set to receive some good news regarding their pursuit of Griezmann, thanks to the latest comments made by Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo.
The chief recently told Cadena Ser that despite the player penning down a new deal, the €100m release clause in his contract remains the same.
— Atlético de Madrid (@AtletiFR) June 13, 2017
Cerezo was quoted as saying: “Yes, it’s one more year and the release clause will remain the same.”
These comments would surely rekindle the hopes of Manchester United – or any other interested party, for that matter – as the possibility of luring Griezmann away from the Spanish capital following the end of Atletico’s transfer ban is now back to being sky high.
There were also reports claiming that the France international is now the highest paid player at the Vicente Calderon outfit. Cerezo addressed these rumours by stating: “The issue of the money is a private one. We have maintained a confidentiality agreement with respect to the money.”
Lastly, he expressed his delight at Griezmann extending his stay with Atletico, by concluding: “I said it many times that Griezmann would not leave. After months and months of reporting, time has proved me right.”
Written by Kunal Kambli
An introverted grammar pedantic who worships football and loves writing about it. Part of the BlameFootball team since 2016.