Atletico President: Griezmann will not leave

Antoine Griezmann will not leave Atletico Madrid this summer, the club’s president Enrique Cerezo has confirmed, despite persistent speculation linking him with a move to Barcelona.

The France striker almost signed for the Liga champions last summer but revealed he intended to stay in the Spanish capital in a documentary ahead of the Russia World Cup.

But reports around a revival of the move have continued to resurface this term, with the forward having endured a frustrating time after only scoring 12 league goals in 29 appearances so far and Atleti being left 10 points off the pace by Barca.

And with the two clubs set to go head to head in La Liga on Saturday in a game where Ernesto Valverde’s side could take a step closer to a second consecutive Spanish title with a win, Cerezo was quizzed on the forward’s situation.

Speaking to RTVE, the Atleti chief said: “Antoine will not move.”

When he was pressed further by a journalist asking him: ‘Griezmann remains safe, you’re 100 per cent sure?’ Cerezo replied: “Antoine remains at Atleti, for sure.”

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