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Griezmann: Barcelona keep quiet to avoid Atlético Madrid's wrath

Barcelona spokesman Josep Vives declined to comment on the club's rumoured interest in the France striker.

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Griezmann, en un partido con el Atlético de Madrid.
Óscar del PozoAFP

Barcelona decided against discussing rumoured target Antoine Griezmann out of respect for Atlético Madrid.

Barcelona keep schtum 

The France striker has been heavily linked with a move to Camp Nou, with reports in the Catalan press claiming that the two clubs have already agreed a fee.

Atlético released a statement last week bemoaning Barça’s openness when discussing Griezmann. “We have become increasingly fed up with Barcelona's attitude,” said Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, the club CEO.

That statement was a response to public comments on Griezmann by Guillermo Amor, the Director of Institutional Relations at Barcelona.

Antoine Griezmann trains ahead of the Europa League final.
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Antoine Griezmann trains ahead of the Europa League final.Rodrigo JimenezEFE

Vives: "We won't talk about Griezmann"

With Atlético due to face Marseille in the Europa League final on Wednesday, Barcelona spokesman Josep Vives declined to comment on the player.

“We’re not going to talk about a player who is under contract with another team,” he said. “Griezmann is an Atlético player and we won’t make any comment out of respect for the player and his club.

“We have a magnificent relationship with Atlético Madrid, with whom we collaborate on various matters, and it’s in our interests to improve that relationship if we can. To that end, it’s best to not talk about this.”

Atlético have not given up hope of keeping Griezmann at the Wanda Metropolitano, and have offered him a hefty new contract to tempt him to stay.

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