Antoine Griezmann refused to be drawn on his Atletico Madrid future after a superb two-goal performace put the Spanish facet on their option to successful the Europa League ultimate on Wednesday night.
Griezmann capitalised on a Marseille error to side-foot coolly previous Steve Mandanda within the first half, earlier than a pleasant end by which he lifted the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper to double the lead after half time.
Captain Gabi added a 3rd earlier than the tip as Griezmann received the primary main honour of his profession, however the win was marred by the fear that it might be the Frenchman’s ultimate sport in Atleti colors.
He has been closely linked with a transfer to Spanish champions Barcelona, with a change for €100m seemingly imminent. However, the French ahead didn’t add any readability about his future when requested after the sport.
“I think now is not the moment to talk about my future,” stated Griezmann, quoted by Sky Sports News. “I simply wish to get pleasure from myself after my efficiency, after successful a trophy and I wish to have fun with the followers.
“[Diego] Simeone has taught me a lot, he made me become a better player and I hope I can keep improving every year, in every game. I owe a lot to Simeone and my team-mates.”
After months of hypothesis, Barcelona are reportedly set to activate the £88m launch clause in Griezmann’s contract, bringing to an finish his four-year stint within the Spanish capital.
The man who completed third within the 2016 Ballon d’Or voting has been Atletico’s main scorer in each season he has been on the membership since becoming a member of from Real Sociedad for £23.7m in 2014.
Manager Diego Simeone said that he would be grateful to Griezmann no matter choice the Frenchman makes.
“Whatever he decides I’ll be happy because he has given us his life,” stated the Argentine. “If he stays I’ll be delighted and if he leaves I’ll be grateful for everything he’s done for us.”
Griezmann might log off in fashion this weekend as Atletico host Eibar of their ultimate league match of the season, needing only a level to complete forward of Real Madrid for the primary time since 2014.