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Antoine Griezmann ready to snub Premier League for Atletico Madrid

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Antoine Griezmann has told friends that he has decided to snub a big-money move to the Premier League in favour of staying at Atletico Madrid this summer.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Griezmann is more than happy to continue playing under Diego Simeone at the Vicente Calderon, believing it is the best place for him to reach the top of the game.

The 25-year-old has had two stellar seasons in an Atletico Madrid shirt, scoring 56 goals in total since his move from Real Sociedad. Unsurprisingly, he has attracted the interest of some of the Premier League's elite as a result.

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Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have all been tracking Griezmann in recent months with reports suggesting an offer in excess of £60m could be heading towards the Spanish capital.

His release clause currently stands at £63m and it is the Old Trafford outfit who appear most willing to break the British transfer record to sign him. Whether Louis van Gaal is in charge next season or not, the Red Devils are in dire need of a new world-class striker and Griezmann certainly fits the bill.

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However, the lure of Premier League football appears to be too weak to attract the rapid striker. In fact, Diego Simeone is so confident of keeping his star man, he has already told players that Griezmann won't be sold in the summer. He is also telling potential summer signings that, should they join, they will definitely be pairing up with the Frenchman.

It now seems much more likely that Griezmann will sign a new deal with Atletico Madrid rather than leave. His current deal does not expire until 2020 but the club are keen to reward him for his fine form and also increase his buy-out clause to £79m to guard against clubs like Manchester United meeting it.

Unsurprisingly, Simeone's commitment to the club has been key to Griezmann's decision. The Argentine has also been linked with a move to the Premier League but it seems he is committed to leading the club into their new stadium, scheduled to be ready in time for the 2017/18 season.

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Having come so close to winning La Liga this season, Atletico proved they are capable of competing with Barcelona and Real Madrid for major honours. They could still finish the campaign with a historic Champions League title, but must first beat their city rivals in the final later this month.

In comparison, both Manchester United and Chelsea have proved themselves incapable of challenging for either the Premier League or Champions League. Indeed, it seems likely that neither of them will qualify for the latter competition next season.

For now, Griezmann appears to be in the very best place to win trophies, unless, of course, one of Spain's elite two clubs come calling. Then everything changes.

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