Valverde urges respect over Griezmann to Barça talk

Ruben Holloway
May 10, 2018

"We carry on with the intention of winning the games we have left and staying competitive", he told a press conference ahead of Wednesday's visit of Villarreal. "Our relationship with Atletico is very good, and we understand football in the same way".

FC Barcelona have reportedly told Atletico Madrid they will activate Antoine Griezmann's €100 million release clause, which has led to the Rojiblancos releasing a furious statement about the Blaugrana's transfer tactics.

Griezmann signed a new contract shortly after his failed move to Manchester United last summer, and a stipulation in that deal will see his release clause halved from €200 million (£175m) to €100m (£87m) from July 1.

"We're fed up with Barcelona's attitude", Gil Marin said in an official statement on the club's website, reminiscent to one Liverpool put out during Barça's all too public pursuit of Philippe Coutinho.

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Meanwhile Luis Suarez, has also claimed that Griezmann would be "welcome" at Camp Nou. "I think players speak to referees and referees speak to players", he said. "Now we do not think about that, we think about being able to be European champions, in which we have a great, ideal coach, and who will be with us many more years".

"We've been competing for the title and Barcelona have been continuously pressuring one of the most important players in our squad".

Atletico will face Marseille in the 2018 Europa League final on 16 May in Lyon, France.

He said Atletico would be demanding compensation from Barcelnoa should "the player exercised his right to nullify his contract due to their pressure throughout the season".

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"A few months ago, I personally expressed to Barcelona's president that our player isn't for sale nor are we going to sell him", the statement added.

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

Antoine Griezmann's future at Atletico Madrid beyond this season remains uncertain as the forward continues to be linked with a move to Barcelona.

Griezmann was initially linked with Barca past year as a possible replacement for Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record fee of €222 million (A$352.7 million). "You can not talk about players who play at other clubs".

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