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
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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