Printed: Might 17, 2018 7:19:54 pm
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone spoke with an air of resignation when requested if the membership can cease Antoine Griezmann from leaving.
The France striker’s inventory rose larger when he scored two skilled objectives on Wednesday evening to assist the Spanish membership win the Europa League with a Three-Zero win towards Marseille.
“If he stays with us, we’ll continue to grow and develop. He’s a lad who has given so much,” Simeone stated.
“We’ve always competed at the highest level. In sporting terms we’re not very far away from those who have deeper pockets than us.”
These deeper pockets belong to Spanish champion Barcelona, which this season signed two of the world’s 4 most costly gamers in midfielder Philippe Coutinho and winger Ousmane Dembele.
Spanish media has been rife with studies in latest weeks that Griezmann will quickly be on his method to be a part of them. Even Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has acknowledged his membership met with Griezmann’s agent in October.
“He always made the right decisions and I hope he’ll be happy to be with us,” stated Simeone, who signed Griezmann from Actual Sociedad 4 years in the past. “He has been solid, solid as a rock, always present.”
Since becoming a member of, the France ahead has netted 112 objectives in 208 video games to grow to be a agency fan favourite.
“The feelings you have for a club grow over time. I’ve been here for four years and I feel very much at home here,” Griezmann stated after his match-winning efficiency. “When I arrived at the club I didn’t have this feeling. Now I feel it’s much stronger, I have stronger ties with my teammates and fans.”
Nevertheless, he stopped wanting saying these ties are sufficient to forestall him leaving.
“I don’t think now is the time to talk about my future,” Griezmann repeated when twice requested if he’ll keep.
If he leaves, Simeone must do what he does greatest in reshaping his workforce whereas preserving it extremely aggressive. Shedding Griezmann would hinder Atletico’s possibilities of successful the Spanish league once more and the Champions League for the primary time.
However Simeone, a skillful but extraordinarily hard-working midfielder throughout his personal participant profession, by no means places one participant above the workforce.
“We only focus on the good of the team, and when we only focus on that the players keep demanding more of themselves,” he stated. “They themselves are the ones who rise to the challenge. That’s what allows us to reinvent ourselves.”