Silence. Antoine Griezmann appeared with the French national team on Tuesday where it was expected he would confirm whether or not he was staying at Atlético Madrid next season. "Today is not the day to speak about my future," he said after the journalists waiting were told he would not be saying anything. The French attacker has made his decision as he admitted later in the press conference but with four days, at the time, until France kicked off their World Cup, he said it was not the time to speak. Here are some of the reasons as to why Griezmann did not speak.
With France, without a jersey, the symbol of Atlético. Very cold and not very rojiblanco, this is a decision very important. It was not the day because as AS understand, it will be Atlético Madrid. The silence does not bring him closer to Barcelona but makes it clear he wants to do this the right way.
It will still be before the World Cup, there is no change there. Before France's debut game too - Saturday at 12:00. Possibly, it could be Thursday so that Deschamps gets his way and France's preparation is not disrupted and the objective of the players, the team and the manager remains the priority: to win the World Cup.
More than money, one of the promises the club made was to build a team around Griezmann that could aspire to compete with Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern, PSG and for the league and the Champions League. His teammates, Thomas Lemar has already agreed to sign for Atlético and that will please Griezmann. It is only a matter of time before we find out that his future club is also his current club.