Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke believes Antoine Griezmann’s decision to stay at the club shows ‘the growth’ of Atleti.
The French forward put pen to paper on a long-term contract with Los Rojiblancos earlier in summer following a long period of sustained interest from Barcelona.
“The message (for the fans) that a player like Antoine Griezmann wants to stay here shows the growth of the club,” Koke told ESPN.
“There have been many great players who were not able to stay here for several reasons; because the club could not pay as much as others or because the project was not the same as it is now.
“Antoine decided to stay because there is a great project, because he is well paid and developing both as a football and as a person at Atletico Madrid.”
Atleti currently sit third in La Liga, two points behind league leaders Sevilla.