Antoine Griezmann squashes transfer speculation, commits future to Atletico Madrid

Atletico's Antoine Griezmann, left, celebrates with his coach Diego Simeone after scoring during the Group A Champions League soccer match between Atletico de Madrid and Malmo at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Antoine Griezmann has been one of the standout players in Europe this season scoring 19 goals in all competitions for Atletico Madrid.

His outstanding performances have once again led to the former Real Sociedad forward being linked with a move away from the Vicente Calderon next season – just two years after his arrival in the Spanish capital.

The France international’s name has been heavily linked with moves to Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City in recent weeks; and there was a growing fear around the club that Griezmann could be tempted by the riches of other European clubs.

However, the 24-year-old has quickly squashed those rumors and committed his future to Atletico Madrid saying he is “content” with life in Spain and is relishing the chance to win trophies as part of Diego Simeone’s side.

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“I’m good here. I’m content,” Griezmann said. “I want to stay and I don’t think the club intends to sell me, so I’m not going anywhere.

“The objective is to win every competition we’re playing in, and La Liga is the big one.

“So far we are on the right track, giving our all and if we can improve on the points we scored and the things we did last year, I’ll be happy. I’d rather be up there and not thinking about whether it would be a failure if we don’t win anything.”

Atletico are set to take on PSV in the Champions League Round of 16 in two weeks, and currently trail league-leading Barcelona by only three points on the La Liga table.

Griezmann is excited about the team’s objectives for the near future.

“We have a long week to work hard and we’ll see how we do in Holland,” the forward concluded. “I trust in the work of our coaches and the players. Everyone contributes in their own way on and off the pitch, and that’s the strength of the team.”

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