Griez­mann dis­misses trans­fer talk af­ter ‘dream’ fi­nal

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LYON: An­toine Griez­mann said it was not the time to think about his fu­ture af­ter lead­ing Atletico Madrid to a 3- 0 vic­tory over Mar­seille in Wed­nes­day’s Europa League fi­nal in Lyon.

“Now is not the time to talk about my fu­ture. I need to just en­joy this mo­ment, hav­ing won a ti­tle, and cel­e­brate it with the fans,” said Griez­mann af­ter pick­ing up the man- of-the-match award for scor­ing the Span­ish side’s first two goals.

The France star has been tipped to leave Atletico at the end of the sea­son af­ter four years in the Span­ish cap­i­tal, with spec­u­la­tion that he will join Barcelona.

He got the opener mid­way through the first half and then net­ted a su­perb sec­ond four min­utes af­ter the break.

He also played a part in the build- up to Gabi’s late goal that sealed the vic­tory.

“It is a dream for me to win a ti­tle. We had a chance in the Cham­pi­ons League and it wasn’t to be, but this time it was my turn,” said the striker, who had not pre­vi­ously won a ma­jor tro­phy with the club.

He was in the Atletico side that lost on penal­ties to Real Madrid in the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal in 2016 and lost the European Cham­pi­onship fi­nal with France that sum­mer.

Wed­nes­day’s win came against Mar­seille, the club he sup­ported as a young­ster, but he said beat­ing them did not in any way take the shine off his evening.

“It’s not hard, be­cause I am self­ish. I had lost fi­nals, I left home at 14 to win ti­tles and to­day I had the chance to win a tro­phy.

“I am proud of the sea­son Mar­seille have had, of their fans who on their own al­most filled the whole sta­dium, and of (coach) Rudi Gar­cia and what he has done with that team.” — AFP

An­toine Griez­mann scores the open­ing goal dur­ing the UEFA Europa League fi­nal football match be­tween Olympique de Mar­seille and Club Atletico de Madrid at the Parc OL sta­dium in Decines-Charpieu, near Lyon. — AFP photo

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