- Match Analysis
Atletico Madrid’s forward Antoine Griezmann has been the mainstay in their team since joining them from Real Sociedad. He was been very impressive for them and has established himself as one of the best strikers in the world.
The 27 year old’s form has caught attention from top European clubs like Manchester United and Barcelona. He was linked with a move to the Premier League giants last summer but a deal never went through.
The France International has been heavily linked with a move to rivals Barcelona this summer and according to reports the La Liga giants are ready to pay his release clause of €100 million.
Griezmann’s club teammate Diego Costa has warned him that there is no going back if he decides to join Barcelona and wants him to think before making a decision.
The Spain international found himself in a similar situation when joining Chelsea back in 2014, a move that initially worked well but turned sour due to a fallout with coach Antonio Conte. He counts himself lucky that Atletico kept the door open for a return.
“I left and I was happy, I won things and I had a new experience,” Costa told reporters.
“I decided it with my family and, even though I am here again, I will not tell him what to do.
“He is already able to make a decision. I had the good fortune to go back [to Atletico] and he knows that if he makes the same decision, there is no going back. So, he must think about it.”
“He’s big enough to know what to do,” Costa said. “That he feels important is fundamental and he knows that we want him here.
“Whether he leaves or not, I’m very happy with him. Now he’s just thinking about winning a title.
“He wants to make history with us. I see him very focused. I see him very well, very focused, very sharp.
“If he has something [that sets him apart], it’s his way of being inside the dressing room. He’s normal and I don’t see him differently from when I arrived, and the others also see him very plugged in and just wanting to win. I’m sure that it [the reports] does not affect him and motivates him a lot more.”