11th May, 2019
If rumours doing the rounds in Spain is anything to go by, then Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann might just be on his way to Barcelona at the end of this season.
The rumours are further fueled by the refusal of the Atletico coach to fully dispel them. Instead he has chosen to say that he not afraid to lose striker Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona at the end of the season.
The player’s future at the Madrid club has been the subject of much speculation over the course of the season as he has constantly been at the centre of transfer news and speculations.
It is a fact that he rejected a move to Barca ahead of 2018-19, but rumours recently emerged suggesting he could be on his way out of the Spanish capital, despite having four seasons to run on the contract extension signed last year.
However, the Atletico boss, Simeone has made moves to calm fears that the Frenchman, who has scored 15 LaLiga goals this term, is angling for a move away.
“Since the subject of Griezmann going to Barcelona started to pop up in the media, I always said that I think he’s okay, he’s cool and happy with his team-mates,” he said at Saturday’s news conference.
“He’s the captain of our team and we always give him the affection and importance he deserves, but of course we’re not inside his head to know his opinion.
“If he has something to say he will one day. We think he will stay with us. I’m not afraid of losing him. He’s our captain and whatever happens from now on doesn’t depend on us.”
The Madrid team needs just one more point from their remaining two matches to seal a second place finish on the Laliga table behind champions Barcelona and very importantly to its supporters, ahead of city rivals, Real Madrid who lie in the third position behind them.
Diego Simeone also took a peek at what the next season is expected to bring to the club as he went on to say;
“Knowing myself as I do, I can tell you we will be really motivated for next season,” he said. “It will be hard as every season [is] and because of the changes we will have in the team.
“I can tell you the new players will come here with enthusiasm and energy, willing to improve here, and that’s what we are here for. Griezmann, [Jan] Oblak, [Jose] Gimenez, [Diego] Godin, Gabi, every player that came here had a profile as player and have evolved here until become what they are now.
“I always say we’re not signing players for €150million, €120m or €100m – we have to build our players, [Thomas] Lemar has been the most expensive player in Atletico Madrid history and it’s true this season was hard for him, but I have no doubt next season he will be amazing, and that’s our way to do things.”