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Diego Simeone dismisses Antoine Griezmann exit rumours: “I love him”

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When Antoine Griezmann slammed the ball past David Soria at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, it was clear that the goal was very special for him. After all, it was the Frenchman’s first league goal since November 2021 when Atletico Madrid beat Cadiz.

It just took him 13 minutes on the field to combine with Joao Felix and seal the game for his team on the night. Griezmann had got his campaign off to a flyer, but ironically, reports immediately began flowing in that the club were looking to part ways with their French star.

Ahead of his team’s clash against Villarreal, Diego Simeone addressed the press where he spoke about Griezmann’s situation. As quoted by Antonio Ruiz, he said,

“I hope he continues with us, I appreciate him and I love him. I hope he can continue in the same line he had in the pre-season and this Getafe match.”

The manager then proceeded to talk about what made the former Barcelona player special and outlined his role in the team.

“He is adaptable to other positions and allows us to be more offensive from midfield forward. He has a vision of the game and work.”

Griezmann is now in the second year of his loan at Atletico Madrid and the club will have to shell out €40 million if he participates in at least 50% of the games across his spell.

Last season, he played 33 out of 40 games, thus registering an appearance in over 80% of the matches.

Los Rojiblancos do not intend to pay such a large sum for a player who has struggled to contribute. In fact, they are reportedly trying to offload the striker, following which Simeone was asked to comment on the Frenchman.

While the clause does not kick in until the end of the season, Simeone will be forced to bench Griezmann for most of the games henceforth to keep his appearances under 50%.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid

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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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