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Antoine Griezmann was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona..

Antoine Griezmann reveals what Simeone and Godin did after he was whistled by Atletico fans

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Antoine Griezmann has had a hell of a year with both Atletico Madrid and the French national team.

The good times really started with a fantastic performance in the Europa League final - Griezmann scored twice in Atletico's win over Marseille.

The pinnacle of his year will comfortably be winning the World Cup with France, of course, which saw Griezmann score a penalty and set up another as he was named Man of the Match in the final.

His brilliant showing for France came off the back of a commitment to Atletico Madrid.

Griezmann had been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona but he eventually announced that he was going nowhere, signing a new contract with his club.

But if there was one major low-point for Griezmann, it would undoubtedly be the rumours of his move to Catalonia.

It had looked so certain that he would be making the move to Barcelona that Atletico fans were whistling their star player by the end of their season - something that deeply affected Griezmann.

And as he revealed in an interview with ESPN, the way that was handled by the club played a big role in convincing him to stay.

Griezmann was whistled against Eibar last season.

"[Diego Simeone] and Diego Godin came to me after the match at the Wanda Metropolitano in which I was booed," said Griezmann. "It was a message from Godin: 'I will go to your place so we can have a chat' - I didn't know that [Simeone] was with him, and I see [Simeone] stepping out of the car.

"I was amazed. 'What are you doing here? What do you want?' 'Nothing,' he said. 'We have been talking and we wanted to see how you have been.'

The Frenchman stuck around and lifted the UEFA Super Cup with Atletico.

"He told me that I didn't have to make a decision straight away but that I had to take things calmly. He advised me to talk it out with my relatives and close people and then [he told me] about all what I represented for the club and for himself."

The Frenchman clearly decided that it was best for him to stay put - and it sounds like the fans have Godin and Simeone to thank for that.

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