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Antoine Griezmann's Man Utd link led to new Atletico contract - Filipe Luis

Antoine Griezmann's Man Utd link led to new Atletico contract - Filipe Luis
From ESPN - October 12, 2017

Filipe Luis has suggested that Antoine Griezmann's summer link with Manchester United was about getting a pay rise from Atletico Madrid, while adding that the France international is now settled at the club.

Griezmann had appeared close to joining United for 100 million, but eventually signed a new contract with Atletico in June, saying he could not leave the club when they were unable to sign a replacement due to a FIFA transfer ban.

Diego Costa's subsequent return to Atletico from Chelsea means Diego Simeone's side are now well stocked with forwards, and sources have told ESPN FC that United remain interested in signing Griezmann next summer.

But Filipe told El Mundo that once everyone moved on from the summer saga, it was clear that Griezmann could stay at Atletico for "much longer."

"[Griezmann] is a kid who speaks very clearly," Filipe said. "Often players talk when they feel they are not being valued as they deserve. Then they get more attention. He would have had many offers from many teams. A player of his size wants to be up with the biggest in terms of contract and value. And that is fair -- as Griezmann is doing great here.

"In the end, for all the talk about other clubs, he always wanted to stay here and he is still here, happy and liking it. For sure, he can stay much longer. We hope the fans understand this and everything gets back to normal, although he has been scoring goals, and goals cure everything."

Former Chelsea defender Filipe was also positive about Costa's return, saying the Spain international is his favourite player he has lined up alongside.

"[Costa] is the best I have played with," he said. "I have seen [Juan Carlos] Valeron do things nobody could do. Neymar and [Eden] Hazard are amazing talents, but the player who gave me most trophies was Diego Costa. He always scores the opening goal. Because it is one thing to score 30 goals with hat tricks in easy wins, and another that 20 of those 30 goals are enough to win 1-0. Nobody does that as well as Diego Costa."

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