After months of speculation, Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann confirmed on Thursday that he would not be joining FC Barcelona after all. Here are eight players, including the Frenchman, who snubbed big-money moves after lengthy transfer sagas.
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In a video earlier this week, the Frenchman announced that he would be staying with the Rojiblancos as he feels he has unfinished business to attend to with the club. The striker, who lifted the Europa League trophy last season, reportedly had months of negotiations with the Blaugrana, but evidently ended up deciding against the move, according to FourFourTwo.
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is another who was at the centre of a transfer saga. During the 2015/16 season, English publication Daily Star reported that the Spaniard, who is widely regarded as one of the best shot-stoppers in the world, was thinking of moving to Real Madrid, but the Red Devils did everything in their power to keep the keeper, and after much negotiation the deal broke down, and the 27-year-old decided to stay in England.
According to the Daily Express, former Liverpool captain Steven Gerard was close to leaving the Merseyside club soon after winning the UEFA Champions League in 2005. At the time, Chelsea, who were managed by Jose Mourinho, wanted to sign the midfielder and asked him to hand in a transfer request at Anfield, which he decided against doing.
Others who were also part of lengthy transfer sagas but then decided to stay at their clubs include Pavel Nedved (stayed at Juventus, snubbed Inter Milan), Jamie Vardy (stayed at Leicester City, snubbed Arsenal), Francesco Totti (stayed at Roma, snubbed Real Madrid), Alan Shearer (stayed at Newcastle United, snubbed Manchester United) and Diego Godin (stayed at Atletico Madrid, snubbed Manchester City).
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