Arsenal transfers: Antoine Griezmann lifts lid on failed Gunners bid

Antoine Griezmann explains why he turned down a move to Arsenal in favour of joining Atlético Madrid

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Antoine Griezmann has revealed why he rejected moves to Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain in favour of a transfer to Atletico Madrid this summer.

The 23-year-old France international left Real Sociedad to join the La Liga champions for a fee of around £24m, signing a six-year contract in July.

This is my championship, my home. I’m happy here and Atletico is a great club

Antoine Griezmann

Both Arsenal and PSG had made offers for the winger – but Griezmann says that a phone call with Diego Simeone helped convince him that a move to Atletico was the best option for him.

Griezmann told France Football: “Was it weird when PSG and Arsenal were also interested? [Atletico are] still the champions of Spain!

“Why Spain and not elsewhere? This is my championship, my home. I’m happy here and Atletico is a great club.

“The [champions] were willing to pay €30m [£23.8m] for me.

“I had the boss on the phone. He motivated me and said the club really wanted me. I knew that I was coming here to learn.

“I needed a club like that and a coach like Diego Simeone to progress. I always demand intensity in training. That’s my style and I like it.”

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