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Antoine Griezmann confirms Diego Simeone convinced him to stay

Atletico Madrid talisman Antoine Griezmann has exposed that his manager Diego Simeone convinced him to continue being at the club past summer season.

La Liga champions Barcelona tried to lure the 27-year-old to the Camp Nou prior to the start off of the World Cup, but the Frenchman announced that he would be staying at Atletico in a Television documentary entitled ‘The Decision’.

The France global was in scintillating variety for the Rojiblancos past season, notching up 29 goals in all competitions which integrated a brace in the 3- victory above Marseille in the Europa League remaining.

Talking to Canal Football Club, Griezmann admitted that manager Simeone played a very important part in convincing him to extend his keep in Madrid.

He reported: “By shock, he came to my dwelling following a match the place I was booed (by the home assist) to serene me down, to communicate to me and give me his self-confidence.”

Griezmann was a crucial member of the France team which lifted the World Cup in Russia in the summer season, scoring a free kick and offering an assist in the 4-2 win against Croatia in the remaining.

Simeone has also been publicly supportive of his major man and just lately labelled him the finest player in the world.

The ahead has continued his wonderful variety this season with six goals to his name in all competitions.

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Antoine Griezmann will be perfect for Lionel Messi – Henry

In the words of Sky Sports pundit and former Barcelona star Thierry Henry, Barcelona target, Antione Griezmann will be a major boost to the attacking firepower of Barca and would form a perfect partnership with a superstar, Lionel Messi.

Reports keep linking the French forward with a move away from Atletico Madrid and Barcelona are one of the major contenders for his signature. Attackers, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, who both scored in the Clasico victory over Real Madrid today, and summer signing, Ousmane Dembele, who is not far away from returning from injury, would most likely be competing with Griezmann for the attacking three spots in Barcelona’s 4:3:3 formations.

But Arsenal Legend, Henry believes it would allow Valverde to rotate his squad, keep the squad competitive, and have them in the best condition possible.

“He can fit in perfectly,” Henry said of Griezmann.

“You want big players in big teams.

“If you had the option of, for example, today we said they were a bit short on the bench, I’m not saying he would be on the bench or Dembele would be on the bench, but if you can alternate, rotate at times and give those guys (a rest).

“I think Griezmann can fit into any team in the world at the minute.

“What I’m saying is you want big players in big teams.

“And so, if he goes there, I’m sure the Barcelona guys will welcome him.”

Real Madrid step up interest in Griezmann after Atletico, Barcelona

La Liga giant, Real Madrid have reportedly stepped up their interest in French forward, Antoine Griezmann following the dramatic turn of events between Atletico and Barcelona.

According to reports from Daily Mirror, Atletico Madrid are angry with contacts Barcelona have made with the player which seems to have swung the pendulum in Real’s favour.

Diano Gol also reported that the France International has been told to decline all offers from Manchester United and Barcelona so as to finalize a move to Los Blancos.

It is unclear if the Red Devils are actually willing to make a move although the Sun claimed that Jose Mourinho has discussed with the player about a possible move to the theatre of dreams last summer, it is certain he will be a major addition to Manchester United.

Romelu Lukaku has struggled against top sides in the premier league this season and with Champions League games set to be back soon, the Red Devils might consider other alternatives.

Transfer talks about Griezmann, who can play out wide, alone up front or in an offensive midfield role is toughing up and all fingers are crossed about what January holds for the sensational French attacker.

Atletico drags Barcelona to FIFA over Griezmann contact

Atletico Madrid has dragged Barcelona to FIFA for an illegal contact about transfer talks with Antoine Griezmann.

Barcelona director Guillermo Amor told Movistar on Sunday that president Josep Maria Bartomeu may have made contact with the French forward’s family who are also his representatives about a likely transfer as he has been repeatedly linked with the Catalan club in the Spanish media

“Atletico Madrid has presented a complaint about Barcelona for repeated contact between Barcelona, the player, and his people,” Atletico said.

“Griezmann has a long contract and this cannot be permitted, while the club also considers it could affect the competition [La Liga] in which Barcelona are currently top and Atletico are second.”

Barcelona has been a victim of transfer issues just a few seasons ago as they were punished with a one-year transfer ban in 2014 for signing under-age players by FIFA. The club has yet to respond when pressed for their comment.

FIFA also confirmed that they had received the formal complaint from Atletico, but had no further comment at this stage.

Antoine Griezmann, 26 had signed a new Atletico contract in June until 2022, with a €100m release clause.