pokarioboy: Yes, I don't know how much longer we can keep up this form but for now it's wonderful to lead the league!
GRIEZMANN SIGNS ON WITH REAL SOCIEDAD THROUGH 2017
22 year old Antoine Griezmann has put pen to paper on a new deal that will keep the French winger at the Anoeta through 2017.
This season has been filled with outstanding performances from Real Sociedad, both in terms of team spirit and individual brilliance. One individual player who has perhaps shined above all the rest is French winger Antoine Griezmann. The 22 year old has scored 6 goals and pitched in 11 assists in 18 appearances so far this season in all competitions and provided a constant menace down the left flank.
Going into the January transfer window, it seemed as though two London-based Barclays Premier League clubs would be fighting it out for Griezmann's signature: both Arsenal and Chelsea were heavily interested in the player. Both teams were ready to meet Griezmann's €25m buy-ouut clause, but things have taken a twist.
Griezmann has decided to sign on with Real Sociedad through 2017 in a new contract worth €41k per week with a pay raise to a rumored €55,000 after ten international appearances with France (he is currently still at 0 senior caps). Along with this, the 22 year old's buy-out clause was increased to €35.5m, for now fending off interest from previous suitors.
"It's important to keep hold of your best players," said manager Neal Hasan during the press conference yesterday where the details of the deal were released. "Antoine has had an outstanding season for us, and I certainly believe he will be a huge part of Real Sociedad's success now and in the future."
The battle to fend off suitors is not over for Hasan, however, as eager interest from Manchester City and Manchester United persist over the future of star central defender Inigo Martinez. The January window is just a few days a way, and though some trouble may be in store, fans of Los Txuri-Urdin can rest assured that at least one of their stars has committed fully to the cause.