However, that hasn’t stopped Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde expressing his thoughts on the French striker.
Find out what the Barca boss had to say when faced with the question ahead of Wednesday’s clash against Villarreal.
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2:44pm – Barcelona in danger of missing out on Antoine Griezmann as Atletico Madrid demand “respect”
Barcelona are in danger of scuppering a deal for Atletico Madrid frontman Antonie Griezmann after the club released a strong statement demanding “respect”.
The La Liga champions have identified Griezmann as a top transfer target this summer and are preparing to activate his €100m release clause.
“We’re fed up with Barcelona’s attitude. That a president, player and a board member speak the way they’ve done about the future of a player with an existing contract and just a few days before disputing a European final, is an absolute lack of respect towards Atlético Madrid and its fans,” wrote Atleti with CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin on the club website.
Read the full story here.
1:05pm – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde urges players to push on and make La Liga history
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has urged his players not to ease up with his team on the verge of making history, as he wants to foster a competitive habit at the Camp Nou.
The La Liga champions are within three matches of going a whole league season unbeaten, thereby becoming the first club to achieve the feat in a 38-game top-flight Spanish season.
Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao recorded undefeated seasons in the 1930s but that was only over 18 matches and Valverde wants his players to seize their place in the record books.
“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.
Read more on what Valverde had to say here.
11:48am – Barcelona and Atletico Madrid deny deal has been agreed for Antoine Griezmann
Both clubs have played down the rumour, however. Read more on this story here.
The La Liga champions have identified Griezmann as a top transfer target this summer and are preparing to activate his €100million release clause.
However, Atletico are desperate to avoid any talk over the Frenchman’s future with Diego Simeone’s side set to face Marseille in the Europa League final later this month.
Barca, though, have continued to force the issue with president Josep Maria Bartomeu admitting to having held talks with Griezmann’s representatives in October.
Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez has also hinted Griezmann could soon be a teammate at the Catalan giants and the public courting has enraged Atleti with CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin releasing a statement on the club’s official website.
“We’re fed up with Barcelona’s attitude. That a president, player and a board member speak the way they’ve done about the future of a player with an existing contract and just a few days before disputing a European final, is an absolute lack of respect towards Atlético Madrid and its fans,” he wrote.
“Atlético de Madrid’s stance is very clear and has been made public on numerous occasions. Not once have we negotiated for Griezmann nor do we have any intention to do so. 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.
“At the same time, I let him know that his inappropriate conduct was against the integrity of the competition, especially since we’ve been competing for the league title throughout the season and Barcelona have been continuously pressuring one of the most relevant players from our squad.
“I also told him in that moment, that in the chance the player exercised his right to nullify his contract due to their pressure throughout the season that Atlético de Madrid would demand Barcelona compensation for their inappropriate behavior.
“Enough is enough. I hope this statement serves its purpose and that us Atlético fans can enjoy this moment and prepare ourselves for a final like we should.”
Imagine going to watch your team play and cheering on Coutinho, Griezmann, Suarez and Messi! 👀— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) May 8, 2018
Bartomeu revealed to RAC 1 that he had held conversations regarding a possible deal for Griezmann.
He said: “I saw Griezmann one day on holiday. We met with his agent, yes. It was in October.
“We talk with [Atleti president Enrique] Cerezo about many topics. We have a good relationship with them.”
That relationship, it seems, is deteriorating pretty rapidly.