stayontheblack.com

Sport

Antoine Griezmann's inner circle wants him to stay at Atletico Madrid

But those closest to the 27-year-old are urging him to stay at Atletico, sources said, with one source indicating there is no sign at this time that Griezmann is planning on a move to Barcelona.

"Atletico de Madrid and AS Monaco has achieved a preliminary agreement over the transfer of Thomas Lemar to our club", read a statement released by Atletico on Tuesday night.

Listen to the latest episode of Soccer Republic Extra or subscribe on iTunes.

"Appearing alongside Griezmann, France coach Didier Deschamps joked that the player will be "staying in Spain" and teammate Kylian Mbappe said the only thing he knows that "[Griezmann] will be on the plane [to Russia]".

"The French International is concentrated with his national team in Russian Federation to play the 2018 FIFA World Cup that will take place the next Thursday, 14th of July".

Earlier on Tuesday, Griezmann said he has made a decision on his future but refused to clarify where he will play next season when speaking to reporters at France's World Cup camp in Russian Federation.

France play their opening game of the tournament on Saturday against Australia.

Just as it looked as if this would prove to be a key day to find out what Antoine Griezmann's future holds, everyone thought he would announce his decision today, it was in reality a press conference which he was obligated to attend.

"Well No 1, he's made a decision", Balague told Sky Sports News.

For the first time in his career, the former Real Sociedad man will lead the Les Bleus' line for the first time in Russian Federation, having been a bit-part player back in 2014.