Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Atletico Madrid hit out at Barcelona over Antoine Griezmann pursuit

Atletico Madrid hit out at Barcelona over Antoine Griezmann pursuit

"I bumped into Griezmann when I was on holiday previous year and we held a meeting with his agent last October". Roma were superior. They passed us by.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has professed his admiration for transfer target Antoine Griezmann but called for respect to be shown to Atletico Madrid.

And after Barca striker Luis Suarez steered in an interview that Griezmann becoming a member of the Catalan giants for subsequent season is a formality, Atleti chief govt Miguel Angel Gil Marin issued a livid assertion on Monday.

The Frenchman is no stranger to reports linking him with a move away from the Wanda Metropolitano, with Barcelona appearing the keenest to meet his €100million release clause.

"We're fed up with Barcelona's attitude", Gil Marin said.

Barcelona have never received an offer for Lionel Messi, according to club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Cadena Cope claimed on Tuesday that Barca have already told Atletico of their plans to pay the €100 million fee which would allow them to bring the France forward to Camp Nou.

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The attacker has a chance to win silverware with his current employers if Atletico can defeat Marseille in this season's Europa League final.

"Griezmann is a great player, there is no doubt about that, but we have to be careful and respectful when we're talking about players that don't play for us", he told reporters, via Sport.

"We've been competing for the title and Barcelona have been continuously pressuring one of the most important players in our squad". "Enough is enough. I hope this statement serves its objective and that us Atlético fans can enjoy this moment and prepare ourselves for a final like we should".

In addition to Marin's powerful words, Atleti president Enrique Cerezo told Marca: Antoine Griezmann is a player of Atlético.full stop.

The 27-year-old has always been linked with a move to the Liga champions and is expected to clarify his future prior to the World Cup.

But Bartomeu says contact was made with the 27-year-old's entourage early this season, telling RAC 1: "I saw Griezmann one day on holiday. I'm sorry but I think we have to be cautious about players who don't play for us".

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