Atletico Madrid has re-signed French striker Antoine Griezmann from Barcelona on a contract extension through 2026.
When Griezmann signed with Barcelona for £108 million in 2019, he rose to the sixth-most expensive player in history.
Before returning to Atletico on a two-year loan at the beginning of the previous season, he scored 35 goals in 102 appearances.
In 11 games thus far this season, the 31-year-old has scored three goals and provided two assists, although just three of those outings have been starts.
Griezmann’s loan agreement had a condition requiring Atletico to purchase the striker for 40 million euros should he play more than 45 minutes in more than 50% of their matches, according to Spanish football writer Guillem Balague.
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To prevent that option from being activated, Atletico manager Diego Simeone has substituted Griezmann after 60 minutes in eight of his 11 games this season.
Griezmann may play against Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday for the first time since becoming a permanent member of Atletico Madrid.
The World Cup champion from 2018 is the club’s fourth-highest scorer with 144 goals in 304 games across two stints after joining Real Sociedad in 2014.
During his tenure at Wanda Metropolitano, he won the Europa League, Spanish Super Cup, and Uefa Super Cup.