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Official: Antoine Griezmann joins Atletico Madrid from Barcelona on a four-year deal

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After months of negotiations and a brief legal battle, Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona have finally come to terms, reaching an agreement over the permanent sale of Antoine Griezmann.

The Frenchman, who was on loan at Wanda Metropolitano until 2023, is set to join Atleti on a permanent deal. He has signed a four-year contract which expires in the summer of 2026.

Although Atletico Madrid are yet to provide any further details regarding the negotiations, Barcelona bosses have been confirming the agreement for a few days, now Xavi notably wishing the player luck for his future endeavours.

Barça president Joan Laporta had also recently offered details on Griezmann’s sale, suggesting that the club are set to earn €20 million from the deal, along with €4 million add-on fees.

Atletico, for the part, will be happy with the deal as they have been campaigning for Barcelona to lower their €40 million buyout clause on Griezmann’s loan deal.

Although a figure of €20 million is quite significant, it is half of what Los Colchoneros were supposed to pay at the end of the season.

Griezmann’s permanent move to Atletico Madrid will see the attacker appear more often in the first team. With the tricky October schedule coming up, the Frenchman’s services could play a key role in dictating Atleti’s fate over the next four weeks.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid

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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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