Griezmann, Hernandez & Lemar agree Atletico deals

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The three France team-mates have agreed contractual terms with the Liga side, giving the club a boost ahead of the 2018-19 season

Less than a week after “La Decision” Antoine Griezmann has officially ended speculation on a move to Barcelona, putting pen to paper on a new deal with Atletico Madrid, along with France team-mates Lucas Hernandez and Thomas Lemar.

Griezmann has been heavily linked with a move away from Atletico for two straight summers, with talk of a move to Manchester United in 2017 being followed by reports of a switch to La Liga champions Barca this year.

The France international announced last week he would announce his future on a televised documentary, during which he said had decided to stay at Atletico Madrid.

That has now been made official as Atletico announced Griezmann has signed a contract which ties him to Diego Simeone’s side until 2023. Griezmann’s previous contract ran through 2022.

In addition to Griezmann, Atletico Chief Executive Officer Miguel Angel Gil Marin and sporting director Andrea Berta were in Russia at the French camp to finalise contracts with two of Griezmann’s international team-mates.

Thomas Lemar has now agreed to personal terms with the Liga club. Last week, Atletico announced they had come to an agreement with Monaco over a reported €60 million (£52.9m/$70.5m) move for the winger.

However, Lemar’s move to the Spanish capital is not yet official, as a medical and the formalisation of the transfer with Monaco are still pending.

Defender Lucas Hernandez has been also seen his deal with the club extended to 2024. The 22-year-old full-back has made 88 appearances with the club since making his first team debut in 2014-15.

Hernandez has become an ever-increasing presence in Diego Simeone’s line-up over the past three campaigns, and he made a career-high 24 starts for Atletico last season.

The defender’s strong campaign saw a battle over his international future this year, but he chose to remain with France and started Les Blues’ World Cup opener, a 2-1 win over Australia.

Their club futures seemingly all but secure, the France trio will next be in action at the World Cup on June 21 against Peru. 

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