Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Barcelona confirm Griezmann talks

Barcelona confirm Griezmann talks

Atletico Madrid, on their part, are assessing their legal options in terms of insisting that Barcelona pay the full €200m anyway, by claiming that negotiations with Griezmann clearly began before the 1st July 2018.

"We have great people in our club who handle the economic section that they are doing magnificently".

A few days back, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu admitted that he held talks with Griezmann's representatives in October regarding a possible deal.He said: "I saw Griezmann one day on holiday".

"We're fed up with Barcelona's attitude", a statement on Atletico's official website read. "I think players speak to referees and referees speak to players", he said.

"With [Atletico president Enrique] Cerezo I've spoken about many things, but not about this", he said.

"Griezmann is a great player, there is no doubt about that, but we have to be careful and respectful when we're talking about players that don't play for us", he told reporters, via Sport. Gil Marin believes their pursuit of Griezmann was also an attempt to unsettle the team and ultimately derail their hopes of challenging for the league.

"I think we have to respect what we have here and also our opponents".

Earlier Tuesday, Atletico president Enrique Cerezo refused to clarify Griezmann's future after domestic media suggested Cerezo had met the player for dinner in a bid to persuade the Frenchman to stay at Atletico, with the promise of a bumper new contract.

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

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.

"There are thousands of footballers who want to play at Atletico Madrid".

"I can not tell you anything else because I do not know anything else".

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