Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona: Atletico Madrid star coy on transfer speculation

18 May, 2018, 17:17 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid Marseille 16052018

Notwithstanding the fact that Atletico possess some of Europe's finest players in Jan Oblak, Diego Costa, Koke and Griezmann, Diego Simeone's side are the flawless anti-thesis to the current definition of success in European footballing dynamics - they may operate on a limited budget, but European Cup finals are their staple hunting grounds.

Payet had made a strong bid for a recall to the worldwide stage with an impressive run of form, which included inspiring Marseille to the Europa League final, but his injury may have ended his chances of playing in the tournament. "This is the second, after a Supercopa, and I hope I can win more trophies".

Griezmann returned to France to play the final against his boyhood club and did so with a bang, scoring either side of half time to put the game beyond the reach of Marseille.

Atletico's star man up front has been the subject to intense speculation all season that he will leave, with United and Barcelona linked. We lost two Champions League finals (in the recent past).

"We are not far away in sporting terms from teams who are more powerful than us".

"They are an attacking team they work very well but we focused on our game, which was to defend well, be a tough team and take advantage of their mistakes", Griezmann told reporters. "Whatever he decides I'll be happy because he has given us his life", Simeone added. "Atletico are a great team and we have no reason to be ashamed of this loss".

Antoine Griezmann Marseille Atletico Madrid UEFA Europa League 16052018

"If he stays I'll be delighted and if he leaves I'll be grateful for everything he's done for us. If he stays we'll keep growing because we are destined to keep growing".

"Now is not the time to talk about my future".

The France worldwide has been persistently linked with a move away from the Wanda Metropolitano, with Barcelona reported being among his biggest admirers.

"I chose to start Dimitri, one of our best players", explained Garcia.

"I owe a lot to Diego Simeone for my progression as a footballer, but also to my team-mates".

Marseille (ranked 46th by UEFA preseason) were aiming to be the first Ligue 1 team to win any European trophy since Paris-Saint Germain won the 1995-96 Cup Winners' Cup.


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