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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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Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo

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According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.

Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.

Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.

Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.

Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.

However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.

Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.

Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.

It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.

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