Diego Simeone Discusses Antoine Griezmann Exit Rumours — Barcelona Transfer News

Diego Simeone Will Not Stand In Antoine Griezmann's Way If He Wants To Leave Atletico

Diego Simeone Will Not Stand In Antoine Griezmann's Way If He Wants To Leave Atletico

The French star has been widely expected to leave the Spanish capital club in the next year after a deal with United fell apart in June in the wake of Atletico's transfer ban, and Barcelona have now surged well ahead in the pursuit of his signature.

Having led Atletico Madrid to the Champions League final and France to the Euro 2016 Final last year, Antoine Griezmann came third for the 2016 Ballon d'Or, behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Simeone says he'll accept it if Griezmann asks to be allowed to leave: "I love my players a lot and I love to see them grow".

The player was set for a move both in the January transfer window last season and in the summer but decided to stay for the sake of Atletico. If he did all he could for me as Griezmann does, I'll say it's no problem, ' he told L'Equipe. At Real Sociedad, he was regularly on the fringes of football matches, only occasionally lighting up a game with his raw talent.

Simeone's comments are candid, and you sense Griezmann will appreciate such sincerity.

There is increasing speculation from reports in Spain that Griezmann is moving closer to a switch to Barcelona. United's interest in Griezmann has not gone away.

Greizmann has scored five La Liga goals this season from 12 games - adding to the 60 he scored for Atletico over the previous three seasons. Griezmann, if he were to arrive, would ensure there's an extremely bright offensive future at the Camp Nou alongside Ousmane Dembele. "After a difficult start to the campaign, Griezmann's return to form is a timely reminder of why he is one of the most in-demand players around". If Griezmann is to move on in the summer, all tied to Atletico will be desperate to see him propel the side forward in another title charge beforehand.