Atletico boss urges star to think care­fully over move

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LYON, France: An­toine Griez­mann, a tal­is­manic fig­ure at Atletico Madrid, will not en­joy the same sta­tus at Barcelona if he joins the La Liga cham­pi­ons in the close-sea­son, says Atletico CEO Miguel An­gel Gil Marin.

Griez­mann, pic­tured, stole the head­lines by scor­ing twice as Atletico beat Olympique Mar­seille 3-0 in the Europa League fi­nal on Wed­nes­day, although his de­ci­sive dis­play could be one of his last acts for the club.

Barca can cap­ture the France in­ter­na­tional for 100 mil­lion eu­ros when his buy-out clause is cut in half on July 1.

Gil Marin, how­ever, told him to con­sider the fact that he would be seen as just an­other player in Ernesto Valverde’s side, where he would line up along­side fel­low at­tack­ers Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

“He needs to de­cide if he wants to make his­tory at Atletico, where every­thing is built around him, or go to a club where he will never go down in his­tory,” Gil Marin said. “A few days ago I spoke to his sis­ter and agent to make them an offer and they will have to give us an an­swer in a few days. I don’t know what will hap­pen, it’s not some­thing he can de­cide in the heat of the mo­ment af­ter win­ning the fi­nal.” The striker said he would not dis­cuss his fu­ture af­ter the fi­nal, but added that he had grown ever more fond of Atletico and his team-mates in the four years since he joined from Real So­ciedad for 25 mil­lion eu­ros.

Griez­mann was sub­sti­tuted in stop­page time to al­low Atletico’s long-serv­ing, de­part­ing for­ward Fer­nando Tor­res to come on for the fi­nal min­utes and win his first ma­jor tro­phy for the club.

Span­ish me­dia re­ported Griez­mann had vol­un­teered to go off in or­der to give Tor­res the chance.

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