Star Griezmann not for sale
A real TV-Series story has been created since Martín Lasarte's Sociedad takeover. The Uruguayan manager snubbed offers for Griezmann from top teams like Tottenham, PSG, Liverpool and Manchester City and made from Griezmann's transfer a top subject in entire European sports cotidians.
"17 Milion fee from Tottenham, fifteen from PSG, twelve from Liverpool, eleven from City... i know it sounds unreal but yes, we, Sociedad, snubbed all these offers for Griezmann. He is no doubt one of the best players in Spain and i will make anything i can to keep him at Anoeta as long as possible. A player like him is more than capable to make an impact into European Cups this season and help us into the Liga BBVA so that's the reason why i won't listen to offers for him until 2014."
Antoine Griezmann, born 21 March 1991, is a French footballer who currently plays for Spanish club Real Sociedad in La Liga. He plays mainly as a left winger. Griezmann is known for his ball control, quick acceleration, and dribbling and is a French youth international, having represented his country at under-19, under-20, and under-21 level. In 2010, he was part of the team that won the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship on home soil.
Griezmann was born in the commune of Mâcon in the département of Saône-et-Loire and began his career playing for hometown club UF Mâcon. While there, he embarked on several trials with professional clubs in order to earn a spot in one of their youth academies, but was constantly rejected due to his size and lightweight frame, which clubs questioned.
In 2005, while on trial with Montpellier, Griezmann played in a friendly match against the youth academy of Paris Saint-Germain in Paris, and impressed several clubs, notably Spanish club Real Sociedad, whose scouts were attending the event. Following the match, the club's officials offered Griezmann a one-week trial in San Sebastián, which he accepted. He was later offered a second-week stay at the club. The club then contacted his parents and formally offered the player a youth contract. Griezmann's parents were initially reluctant to have their son move to Spain, but allowed him to make the move after positive reassurances. In 2009 he signed a pro contract with Sociedad and in 166 appearances he managed to score 44 goals.
"I have to respect Sociedad's decision to keep Antoine at the club even if i want him so much. He's a good player and we'll insist for him in the future for sure."
was the declaration of Brendan Rodgers after Liverpool's bid was rejected by Lasarte.
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