Valverde urges respect over Griezmann to Barça talk

Aubrey Yates
May 9, 2018

Griezmann has been heavily linked with a move to the Nou Camp, with speculation in Spain that a €100million (£88million) switch will be completed this summer. However, the Spanish champions' president stressed that he did not have lunch and also urged not to speculate after his comments suggested that he met Griezmann's agent in October 2017.

"We are analyzing the season and we will see what we will do with ins and outs", Bartomeu told radio station RAC1.

"Griezmann is a great player, there is no doubt about that, but we have to be careful and respectful when we're talking about players that don't play for us", he told reporters, via Sport.

"We talk with [Atleti president Enrique] Cerezo about many topics". We all know how good [Griezmann] is as a player. "If he goes to Madrid, we'll play against him".

"But we have to be very cautious about saying anything about a player that is not ours and making sure we respect our rivals", he added.

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Asked whether Barca had contacted Atletico to ask about the player, as Federation Internationale de Football Association rules say they must, Bartomeu said: "With [Atletico president Enrique] Cerezo I've spoken about many things, but not about this".

'We're fed up with Barcelona's attitude, ' Atletico CEO Miguel Gil Marin said in a statement released by the club.

Bartomeu also feels that the five-time Ballon d'Or has more fuel in him to win one or two more Champions League title with the club, while he also vie for individual accolades.

The Frenchman's contract runs until 2021 but his release clause stands at just £54m, prompting interest from Man United and a series of other European suitors.

The 20-year-old has struggled to make an impact this season, though, with a serious hamstring injury having kept him sidelined between September and early January.

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