Antoine Griezmann has given his reasons for turning down a move to Barcelona in favour of staying at Atletico Madrid
Antoine Griezmann was a Barcelona target ahead of the FIFA World Cup, but he publicly stated that he would remain with Los Rojiblancos before heading to Russia
Griezmann was also a target for Manchester United the previous summer but signed a new deal with the club after it was confirmed that they would not be able to register any new players due to a transfer ban at the time.
Speaking to French magazine L’Equipe during the current international break, the striker admitted that it was hard to say no to a club of Barcelona’s stature but he stayed with Atletico as he felt loved there.
“When you’re shown love at home, you don’t go elsewhere,” he explained. “They did everything possible to make me feel good, including bringing in important players and building a great team.”
“It’s difficult to say no to teams like Barça but I feel like the base, or the most important piece of the puzzle, that is what made me stay.”