Antoine Griezmann has reaffirmed his desire to stay at Atletico Madrid, rejecting interest from Barcelona, by signing a new contract to 2023.
In a sensational triple announcement on Monday, the club also confirmed Thomas Lemar has agreed terms for his move from Monaco, while Lucas Hernandez joined Griezmann in renewing his deal, the defender's fresh terms running until 2024.
Monaco had already confirmed a preliminary agreement with Atletico for Lemar's arrival at the Wanda Metropolitano, with the France star now putting pen to paper ahead of the move's expected conclusion in a switch that will add to Diego Simeone's array of options.
Atletico were able to rebuff Barcelona and keep hold of Griezmann after the forward - a two-goal hero in the Europa League final - announced his intention to stay.
Great news from Russia. @AntoGriezmann has signed his renvovation until 2023, @LucasHernandez until 2024 and Lemar has signed his contract #AúpaAtleti https://t.co/bTPkTFdhIb pic.twitter.com/s0EFsVbX9O— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) June 18, 2018
On the eve of France's World Cup bow against Australia, in which Griezmann scored a penalty, he confirmed he planned to remain with Atletico in a special documentary televised in Spain.
And the 27-year-old will now able to put his full focus on joining Lucas and Lemar in attempting to lead Les Bleus to World Cup glory.
Griezmann's deal was set to run to 2022 but for the second year in a row he has agreed to extend - signing for a further year - after opting not to pursue interest from Barcelona.
The Catalan giants reportedly hoped to attract Griezmann to Camp Nou in 2017 but he opted to stay then, citing Atletico's transfer ban and the club's inability to replace him as his reasoning to remain.
Griezmann, previously also linked with a switch to the Premier League by joining Manchester United, had been widely expected to sign for LaLiga champions Barca ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, though.
But Simeone and Atletico have been able to keep hold of the club's talisman again, with the arrival of Lemar from Monaco, coupled with the renewal of Lucas, offering excitement to fans.
16 de febrero 2019
|Flyers acquire Talbot from Oilers for Stolarz|
|Williamson praises ´clinical´ Black Caps|
|Guptill guides Black Caps to series win over Bangladesh|
|Kuzma leads USA past Team World|
|Thiem into semis in Buenos Aires, Isner cruises in New York|
|This can´t happen at Liverpool – Kovac warns Bayern over defensive errors|
|Thomas, Scott lead Genesis Open|
|Koulibaly pleased with transfer interest, but happy at Napoli|
|Allegri: Juventus must score in Madrid|
|Kuchar addresses criticism, apologises for paying fill-in caddie $5k|
|Life is for warriors – Neymar defiant as injury recovery continues|
|Neuer: Bayern Munich must cut out defensive ´madness´|
|Kovac: Bayern had Liverpool on the mind against Augsburg|
|Wawrinka and Nishikori to meet in Rotterdam semi-finals|
|Gloucester down leaders Exeter, Wasps beat Bristol|
15 de febrero 2019
|McCloskey marks landmark with try in Ulster win, Munster run riot|
|Allegri hails Dybala after Juventus star ends goal drought|
|Kovac fearful over fresh Coman ankle injury|
|Mahrez incredible in training - Guardiola takes blame for star´s exile|
|Depay can be among world´s best – Rafael|
|Wood ´felt like a superhero´ in devastating match-winning spell|
|QPR 0 Watford 1: Capoue strike secures quarter-final berth|
|Kaepernick v the NFL: How we got here|
|Juventus 3 Frosinone 0: Ronaldo rounds off routine romp|
|Augsburg 2 Bayern Munich 3: Classy Coman shines in comeback win|
|Ndombele draws Pogba comparisons from Lyon coach Genesio|
|Coady and Doherty pen new deals with Wolves|
|Kaepernick and Reid reach settlement in NFL collusion case|
|Neuer back in Bayern team after thumb injury|
|Giggs, Scholes and Beckham met Ferguson´s standards because of Harrison – ´Class of ´92´ graduate Ca|
|Mertens upsets Kerber to set up Halep Doha decider|
|Valverde: Barcelona scared? We´re top of LaLiga!|
|North and South Korea want to co-host 2032 Olympics|
|Zaha appeal against ban dismissed|
|Chisora to work with Bellew´s former coach Coldwell|
|Valverde still unsure on Umtiti return date ahead of Lyon tie|
|Hudson-Odoi getting enough Chelsea chances, insists Zola|
|Sexton back in full Ireland training|
|Chelsea, Malmo facing UEFA charges|
|Magnificent Halep storms back to reach Qatar Open final|
|No nerves for Ferrari new boy Leclerc|
|Solskjaer´s Manchester United impact has been remarkable - Zola|
|Valverde delighted by extra responsibility of new Barcelona contract|
|Martial and Lingard injuries open the door to Gomes and Chong – Solskjaer|
|Semenya backed by South African government in IAAF challenge|
|Proteas collapse gives Sri Lanka hope in Durban|
|Wales star Halfpenny misses Scarlets match|
|Guardiola: Wigan a warning to Manchester City for Newport trip|
|Martial, Lingard out for up to three weeks|
|Milan will need helmets against Atalanta - Gattuso|
|Suso ´deserves Milan renewal´ amid Spurs & Arsenal links|
|Tuchel avoids touchline ban from FFF|
|Christian crushes Sixers to set up all-Melbourne final|
|Newport star Amond hopes glasses are raised after Otamendi reunion|
|Aaron Smith try snatches win over Chiefs for 14-man Highlanders|
|A-League Review: Melbourne City drop points again as Newcastle Jets close on top six|
|Pieters pegged back by late bogey in Perth|
|Stability, a thriving Messi and success despite poor recruitment – Why Barca are keeping Valverde|
|Jenkins unperturbed by Jones´ Wales dig|
|Pogba wasn´t happy – Rafael applauds Solskjaer´s impact on Man United players|
|Turn the stump mics up! - Moeen wants sledging televised|
|Valverde signs one-year extension at Barcelona|
|Klopp almost became Bayern coach – Hoeness|
|Barkley to Davis: Don´t ruin your reputation as one of the nicest guys in the world|
|Westbrook extends triple-double streak in Thunder´s loss to Pelicans|
|Llorente ´very satisfied´ at Tottenham|
|Dodgers´ Bellinger: Even when I´m not good, I´m still really good|
|Harvick, Logano win Can-Am Duels|
|Pelicans star Davis suffers shoulder injury|
|Thiem stays perfect in Buenos Aires, Ferrer exits|