Antoine Griezmann declares allegiance to Atletico Madrid

The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday upheld a transfer ban against Atletico over irregularities in the signing of foreign players under the age of 18.

Antoine Griezmann has stated that he will be staying at Atletico Madrid for one more season at least. Atletico had reportedly lined up Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette as a replacement for Griezmann.

Under their transfer ban, handed down by Federation Internationale de Football Association for breaking rules over the registration of youth players, Atletico will be unable to make any new signings until January 2018.

The squad has enough No 10s without needing to add 26-goal Griezmann who has played as a centre-forward but has been more effective deeper.

Antoine Griezmann of France celebrates with teammates after scoring the fifth goal during his friendly soccer match against Paraguay, in Rennes, western France, Friday, June 2, 2017.

But he has now moved to firmly state that he will not be leaving the club this summer, despite United's best efforts to lure him to the Premier League. With my advisor Eric Olhats we have made a decision to stay.

The Madrid club will feel hard done because their city rivals, Real Madrid, who accused of the same breach had their punishment cut in half after an appeal. It would be a dirty move to leave now.

The chances of the 25-year-old arriving at Old Trafford went from being within touching distance to lacking any substance whatsoever, and then back to touching distance, with incredible alacrity.

"My future will be decided this summer", Griezmann told Spanish television station Cero on Wednesday. I think it'll be ebb and flow during the summer, there'll be lots of rumours.

  • Julie Sanders