Atletico boss Diego Simeone hopes Antoine Griezmann can keep growing

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Diego Simeone has talked about the importance of Antoine Griezmann for Atletico Madrid.

Speaking at a press conference in Singapore, ahead of Atletico’s pre-season encounter with Paris Saint-Germain, the Argentinian talked about the transfers expected to happen at the Wanda Metropolitano this summer and of his main striker.

Griezmann had decided to stay at the club after being linked to a move to Barcelona and his contract extension was one of the biggest headlines of the summer.

“That’s a question for him, I’m very respectful of player’s decisions when they stay and when they go, an opinion about how he feels is a good question for him,” Simeone said.

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“I hope he keeps growing even more than he has until now, he has no limit, he’s important for us and is a good team-mate, surrounded by the people who form a squad which is improving.”

The Frenchman, now a World Cup winner, revealed through a video documentary – “The Decision”, his decision to prolong his stay with the Rojiblancos.

He later renewed his contract until 2023 at Atletico.

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Barcelona and Real Madrid are set to clash in October and March.

La Liga have announced their fixtures for the new 2018/19 season.

The top tier of Spanish football gets under way on Saturday 18 and Sunday August 19, with defending champions Barcelona facing a home test with Alaves while Real Madrid will play host to city rivals Getafe.

However, the clash of the opening weekend is at the Mestalla, with Valencia go up against Atletico Madrid.

The first El Clasico of the new season takes place on Sunday October 28 as Barcelona face Los Blancos at the Camp Nou.

The return fixture is on Sunday March 3, 2019 at the Bernabeu.

See the full fixture list, here.

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Antoine Griezmann extends Atletico Madrid contract until 2023

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Antoine Griezmann has signed a contract extension to keep him at the club until 2023 and Hernandez will stay at the Wanda Metropolitano until 2024.

Griezmann, who scored in that 2-1 victory, said recently that he intended to remain at Atletico – having been heavily linked with a 100million euros move to Barcelona in recent months.

The 27-year-old revealed he would be staying put during a Spanish television documentary called ‘The Decision’ aired on Thursday evening and he has now signed a new contract, along with Hernandez.

The Frenchman has been outstanding for Diego Simeone’s men, scoring 79 in 142 matches.

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