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Antoine Griezmann: A decision has been made by the French forward

Antoine Griezmann intends to stay at Atletico Madrid this summer, despite interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs including Barcelona.

In a special Spanish television show called 'The Decision', which documented the player's deliberations over a two-month period, Griezmann stated his intentions to remain in the Spanish capital.

The France striker had been heavily linked with a 100million euros (£88million) move to Barca this summer, having last year been a reported target for Manchester United.

However, the 27-year-old has now decided to extend his four-year stay with Europa League winners Atletico.

Griezmann, whose will be hoping to feature in France's World Cup opener with Australia on Saturday, has been Atletico's top scorer for the past three seasons and posted a video on social media on Thursday evening in which he confirmed he was staying put.

Griezmann took to Twitter and conveyed the message "My fans, my team, MY HOME!!!" in Spanish, French and English along with a video in which he is seen walking around Madrid as the Amanda Delara song 'We Don't Run From Anyone' plays.

The 45-second clip begins with the lyrics "Welcome to my city where the lights are really pretty..." and finishes with the player walking happily towards Atletico's Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

It is the second successive summer that Griezmann has opted to stay with Atletico amid speculation of a big-money switch away.

Last year it was United who looked to be leading the chase for his services, only for Griezmann to end up signing a one-year contact extension with Atletico, tying him to the club until 2022.

Thursday's announcement will be welcome news for the Rojiblancos.

Since joining from Real Sociedad for a reported £24million in 2014, Griezmann has scored 112 goals in all competitions for Aletico.

He also helped Atletico reach the 2016 Champions League final and scored twice as they beat Marseille 3-0 in last month's Europa League final.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, who earlier said on Twitter that he would be watching with interest - alongside a popcorn emoji - was quick to post his thoughts on the outcome.

He wrote (in Spanish): "Another way to see the life of the soccer player and his doubts over making the most important decision of his career. Thanks to the @Kosmos_Studios team and especially @AntoGriezmann for these last weeks. You decided to stay at @Atleti and I hope you do great this season!"

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Last updated at 2150 BST 14/06/18

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