Antoine Griezmann: Atletico Madrid 'Fed Up' With Barcelona's Pursuit Of Striker

Jo Caldwell
May 10, 2018

"We need to keep working on that aspect to get to finals".

Barca have emerged as favourites to sign the France worldwide and are reportedly willing to meet his £88m release clause, with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu revealing earlier this week that he has already spoken to the player's agent.

Griezmann signed a new contract shortly after his failed move to Manchester United last summer, and a stipulation in that deal will see his release clause halved from €200 million (£175m) to €100m (£87m) from July 1.

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

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Atletico are far from happy they are losing one of their stars, and their CEO Miguel Gil Marin admits they are "fed up" with Barcelona's chase of Greizmann.

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

"We've talked with Cerezo and Gil Marin about many things".

"He's a great player, but I'm not going to talk about other players: firstly to value what we have, and secondly out of respect for another team, which is Atletico". "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".

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"I don't know how relevant it is that Bartomeu spoke with the Atleti president", the Barca boss said.

"Antoine Griezmann is a player of Atletico Madrid and the future has to be decided by him".

Griezmann, who is represented by his sister Maud, said in March that he wants to have his future fully sorted before the World Cup begins in Russian Federation in mid-June, to avoid a repeat of last summer's long flirtation with Manchester United, which eventually ended with him securing a big pay-rise from his current club with a new one-year contract extension.

'It makes the club proud to bring players of this quality like Antoine, like [Ousmane] Dembele and [Philippe] Coutinho came, ' the former Liverpool striker told Spanish station Radio Rincon. "You can not talk about players who play at other clubs".

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