Griezmann to decide future before World Cup

Lionel Messi has reiterated his desire for Barcelona to spend big to land Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, insisting that his side's Champions League hopes may depend on it.

France travel to the World Cup on the back of a surprising 1-1 draw with the United States of America in Lyon on Saturday night, but Griezmann reckons there's no need for his teammates to panic, and says their preparation for Australia starts now.

France won the 1998 World Cup on home soil in a memorable tournament.

"Appearing alongside Griezmann, France coach Didier Deschamps joked that the player will be "staying in Spain" and teammate Kylian Mbappe said the only thing he knows that "[Griezmann] will be on the plane [to Russia]".

Griezmann said earlier on Tuesday that he had made up his decision on his future but would not reveal his plans, though sources have since said all signs point to him returning to Atletico.

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But he told a news conference: "I apologise - I am really very sorry".

After facing the USA on Saturday in Lyon, France are due to fly to their training base near Moscow on Sunday.

Seeing how things have come full circle for Griezmann is just attractive and we're eager to see how he performs on the grandest stage of them all, especially considering how electric he was two years back.

It is believed that Griezmann will accept a deal that will make him the club's highest-paid player following a massive campaign by manager Diego Simeone and the rest of the staff urging him to stay.

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