Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona: Atletico Madrid president makes angry demand over transfer

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We'll do every thing attainable for him to proceed with us, however not simply Griezmann... We all know how good [Griezmann] is as a player.

Madrid defender Ramos said Messi was wrong to speak with referee Alejandro Hernández Hernández in the Camp Nou tunnel at half-time, but Valverde countered that suggestion by claiming it was commonplace.

However, should Barca pay Griezmann's buyout clause at the end of the season, there's little Atletico can do in theory to stand in the way of a transfer - a situation they themselves benefitted from when they signed Vitolo from Sevilla last summer.

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

"We don't talk about players at other clubs", Bartomeu initially told RAC, as quoted by Sport. Bartomeu told Catalan radio station RAC, as cited by Diario Sport Atletico reported Barcelona to Federation Internationale de Football Association over an alleged illegal approach for the French forward in December.

Gil Marin, though, says the Rojiblancos will not let the matter go easily and suggested they will take action.

He added he had warned Bartomeu that Atletico would demand compensation for Barcelona's "inappropriate behaviour" if Griezmann sought to cancel his contract under pressure from the Catalan side.

"A few months ago, I personally expressed to Barcelona's president that our player isn't for sale nor are we going to sell him", he continued. "I hope this statement serves its goal and that us Atletico fans can enjoy this moment and prepare ourselves for a final like we should".

In addition to Marin's powerful words, Atleti president Enrique Cerezo told Marca: Antoine Griezmann is a player of Atlético.full stop.

Griezmann, who is represented by his sister Maud, said in March that he wants to have his future fully sorted before the World Cup begins in Russian Federation in mid-June, to avoid a repeat of last summer's long flirtation with Manchester United, which eventually ended with him securing a big pay-rise from his current club with a new one-year contract extension.

Lionel Messi is counting on former Real Madrid attacker Angel Di Maria to help convince Antoine Griezmann to join Barcelona this summer. "I'm sorry but I think we have to be cautious about players who don't play for us".