Being away on worldwide duty with France at the World Cup was not enough to quell the speculation, made all the worse when the Atletico Madrid forward revealed that he would be announcing his plans in a televised segment later that evening - in a similar manner to LeBron James' infamous "Decision" announcement in 2010.
In a recorded video posted on earlier on Thursday social media, Griezmann said of the announcement that he is simply wanting to reveal the truth.
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Griezmann ultimately made a decision to do the right thing by his employers by not abandoning them, and since then Manchester United's interest in the France worldwide has cooled.
"Many calls come to my sister [and representative Maud Griezmann], but now [April 20] I'm not sure".
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"Your choice is to stay at Atletico with a much higher salary than at Barcelona but with the risk of not winning the Champions League or to go to Barcelona, where they'll pay less than at Atletico in the next years".
Griezmann received boos on Atletico's final game of the season, despite leading the club to Europa League glory.
Griezmann had been continually linked with a move to Catalunya, while he kept a tight silence on the subject throughout France's World Cup preparations. "This is going to make a difference".
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