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Atlético confirm treble of French signings

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Antoine Griezmann and Lucas Hernández have renewed their contracts, while Thomas Lemar has signed his first contract.

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On Monday night, Atlético Madrid CEO Miguel Ángel Gil Marín travelled to the French World Cup camp in Russia to finalize three contracts for los rojiblancos. Gil Marín was accompanied by Sporting Director Andrea Berta. Two of the three are current players who got new contracts, while the transfer for Thomas Lemar took another step forward as the young winger signed his contract.

After last week’s “Decisión,” Antoine Griezmann finalized a new contract to 2023. at last officially bringing end to speculation over the French striker’s future (for now). This reportedly boosts Griezmann’s release clause to €200 million while making him one of the highest-paid players in European football.

Perhaps more noteworthy was the extension for promising young defender Lucas Hernández, who experienced a breakthrough year in 2017/18. He spent of last season was spent as the starting left back while Filipe Luís was out, but his future seems to be at his more natural center back position. Lucas’ new contract goes to 2024, another piece of great news after José Giménez’s extension last week.

Finally, Lemar signed his contract with Atleti, though the press release did acknowledge the transfer is not totally complete. All that remains is a medical and to “finalize” the deal with AS Monaco, whatever that means. Regardless, this is a further step in confirming a very tasty Atlético team for next season.