The Rojiblancos chief wants the French talisman to decide whether to make more history with the club, or dissolve into mediocrity elsewhere
Atletico Madrid clinched the Europa League after a 3-0 vanquish of Marseille as Antoine Griezmann struck a brace. The Frenchman picked-up only his second trophy with the club since joining them in 2014, but has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer.
The 27-year old has been closely pursued by the La Liga rivals, who are poised to launch a bid in the summer. The speculations continue to grow week after week, and it certainly got on the nerves of Atletico, as chief Miguel Gil Marin slammed the Catalans for “absolute lack of respect”.
Now after helping the club to its first European gong in 6 six years, Marin has come out again to compel the player in making a decision about his legacy; something that can be built on more at this club, according to him. He told Cadena SER, “It will depend on his feelings more than anything else. If he wants to make history at Atletico Madrid where everything revolves around him. Or go to a club where he will never enter history.”
Even while Barcelona continue their public pursuit of the player, Griezmann has chose to remain tight-lipped on the issue. The Atletico forward was once again questioned by the press in the aftermath of the Europa League triumph, and one more time, he chose to dodge it. But the chief says the club will respect whatever decision he’ll take in the coming days.
“If he decides that he does not want to continue with us, we have to respect his decision. I’m not optimistic or pessimistic. I don’t know what will happen, it is not a decision for him to say after the final.”
With a summer of clear-outs likely on the Barcelona horizon, the club may not recede despite the off-field spat and may eventually plot a move for Griezmann, which will be too tempting for him to pass up.
Marin has certainly hit the nail on the head. Griezmann is not going to enjoy the limelight at Barcelona the way he does at Atletico. Here, the Frenchman could go one to be one of their greatest ever, something that’s uncertain to pull off at a club that are already bulging with great names in their folklore.