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"Griezmann will play for Barcelona," confirms CEO

Griezmann con el Atlético.

ALBERT GEA

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Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, the Atlético Madrid CEO, has confirmed that Antoine Griezmann will play for Barcelona, and that they've known since March.

Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, the Atlético Madrid CEO, has spoken to a Spanish TV programme on Movistar and confirmed that Antoine Griezmann will play for Barcelona next season.

Griezmann to Barça known since March

The Colchonero director answered the question without hesitation, surprising those around him. This comes on the back of recent statements by president Enrique Cerezo, who stated "No one from Barca has contacted me."

"I know where Griezmann is going to play," announced Gil Marin, "At Barcelona. We have known since March."

Barça bound | France's Antoine Griezmann applauds fans after the France match.

Barça bound | France's Antoine Griezmann applauds fans after the France match.

As we reported, Atlético were considering taking legal action against their LaLiga rivals for contact being made without their consent. Speculation has been rife about the future of the French star ever since he confirmed he would be leaving the capital club. As recently as last night, following the game against Andorra the striker said: "I know where I want to play... I just ask for a little patience, I'm also impatient. I don't know if the 1st July is a key day."

In July, Griezmann's buy-out clause drops significantly.