Cape Town - France international Antoine Griezmann said on Thursday he hopes to
learn from his new teammates at Atletico Madrid as he was unveiled as
the Spanish champion's new signing before thousands of fans.
Griezmann, who impressed for France during the World Cup, has moved to Atletico from Real Sociedad on a six-season contract.
Spanish media said Atletico paid about €30 million for the 23-year-old,
which if correct would make him the second most expensive signing in the
"When they called me I agreed right away, its a great club, a great
project, we are talking about the Champions League finalists and the
current La Liga champions so I did not even think twice," the
23-year-old told a news conference.
Griezmann scored 16 goals for Real Sociedad last season and had been
linked to several clubs across Europe, including Premier League side
He will link up at Atletico with Turkish international Arda Turan and
Croatian international Mario Manduzkic, a fellow new signing, in an
impressive front three as Atletico look to defend their La Liga title
from big-spending Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Griezmann came through Real Sociedad's youth system, having joined the
club as a 13-year-old, before making his first-team debut in 2009 and
going on to score 53 goals in 202 appearances.
He has been capped nine times for France and has netted on three occasions.