Atletico boss urges star to think carefully over move
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.