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Atletico Madrid don’t plan to change Griezmann’s routine despite impressive form

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Antoine Griezmann finds himself in a peculiar situation at Atletico Madrid through no fault of his own. The 31-year-old returned to the Civitas Metropolitano last year, joining from Barcelona on a two-year loan deal.

As part of the agreement, Atletico Madrid will be obligated to sign Griezmann permanently at the end of the season for a fee of €40 million. However, that clause will only be triggered if the Frenchman plays at least 45 minutes in 50% of the matches he is available for.

In order to avoid paying the aforementioned fee, Los Colchoneros have been holding Griezmann back this season. The forward is yet to start a single game in any competition and has only been sent onto the pitch as a sub after 60 minutes.

And, as reported by MARCA, Atletico Madrid do not plan on changing the routine with the forward anytime soon, despite his impressive run of form recently.

Griezmann has been in good nick of late and has scored three goals in five matches across all competitions this term, despite his reduced game-time.

Having scored the late winner in the La Liga match against Valencia late in August, the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner repeated the feat again on Wednesday night when he found the back of the net 11 minutes into stoppage time to fire Atleti to a victory over FC Porto in the Champions League.

Despite the French international showing signs of red-hot form after coming on, manager Diego Simeone insisted that he is happy to keep using the on-loan Barcelona ace in the same way.

Griezmann, too, has admitted that the situation is out of his hands at the moment and he is trying to make the best of it.

Both the manager and the player seem to have accepted the club’s decision on the matter and there will be no change in Griezmann’s game-time situation for the foreseeable future even though the Barcelona ace is making valuable contributions.

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  1. Dan Burcea

    September 8, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    It’s not abot Atletico. It’s all about Griezmann, a loser without dignity.

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Atletico Madrid, Chelsea contact PSG midfielder’s agent with player set to leave

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Atletico Madrid and Chelsea are among the clubs that have made contact with the agent of PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes, who is set to leave this summer.

This claim comes from journalist Martin Arevalo on ESPN, who states that apart from Atletico and Chelsea, an unnamed third club have also established contact with the Argentine international’s representative.

Paredes has been on PSG’s books since January 2019, when he arrived from Zenit St. Petersburg. For a large part of his time at the French capital outfit, the midfielder had been a regular starter in the side.

However, last summer saw Paredes get shipped out on loan to Juventus. He has played 33 times for the Bianconeri this season with a return of one goal and assist apiece.

The Serie A heavyweights, who were recently hit with a 10-point deduction, have the option to purchase him permanently. But, as per the report, his relationship with manager Massimiliano Allegri is not good and a return to PSG is on the cards.

And considering that he is not in the plans back at Parc des Princes either, a permanent departure away seems set in stone for Paredes.

As such, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, and an unnamed club have shown interest in acquiring his services by making contact with the 28-year-old World Cup winner’s agent.

With Koke entering the final phase of his career and Geoffrey Kondogbia expected to leave at the end of the season, the Rojiblancos could do with reinforcements in the centre of the park.

Paredes, who has plenty of experience at the highest level and is known for his aggressive mentality, can be a good fit into Diego Simeone’s setup at the Civitas Metropolitano.

But, with Chelsea also in the picture, things could get tricky for the Colchoneros. After all, Atleti are operating on tight finances and are looking for bargain and free transfer signings in the market with the likes of Marcus Thuram, Jordi Alba, and Raphael Guerreiro emerging as targets.

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