Sunday, 24 June, 2018

Lionel Messi: 'Barcelona need Antoine Griezmann for Champions League'

Shannon Reynolds | 12 June, 2018, 22:15

Just as it looked as if this would prove to be a key day to find out what Antoine Griezmann's future holds, everyone thought he would announce his decision today, it was in reality a press conference which he was obligated to attend.

France travel to the World Cup on the back of a surprising 1-1 draw with the US in Lyon on Saturday night, but Griezmann reckons there's no need for his teammates to panic, and says their preparation for Australia starts now.

"I think Cristiano stays at Real Madrid and Antoine Griezmann stays at Atletico", he told Onda Cero . I have made my choice.

"However, today is not the time, nor the place, to say what it is".

Griezmann is contracted at Atletico - the club he joined in 2014 - until 2022, but Barcelona are reportedly prepared to trigger his €100million release clause.

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France coach Didier Deschamps prohibits players from undergoing negotiations during tournaments, pushing Griezmann towards making a decision.

Lemar has previously been a serious target for Liverpool and nearly joined Arsenal last summer until pulling the plug on a proposed £90m switch.

Barca's pursuit has angered Atletico, who in December reported them to Federation Internationale de Football Association for making an alleged illegal approach and followed up with a statement in May that said "enough is enough".

Atletico Madrid are reportedly "close" to signing Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, with the vacant number 10 shirt at Wanda Metropolitano said to be "reserved" for the French global.

Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC.

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