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Griezmann opens up on game-time situation after helping Atletico Madrid beat Porto

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Atletico Madrid pulled off a crucial win over FC Porto in the dying minutes of their first UEFA Champions League game of the season on Wednesday night.

After getting the lead in the 91st minute through Mario Hermoso, the Portuguese side pulled one back five minutes later through a penalty from Mateus Uribe. Eventually, Antoine Griezmann scored the winner for Diego Simeone’s side in the 101st minute.

The Frenchman has been in fine form this season when on the pitch. The problem for him, however, is that his playing time is restricted to 30 minutes per game or less because of a bizarre contractual situation.

When asked about his limited playing time after the game, Griezmann said: “It is what it is, it’s not in my hands. I’m just thankful that I’m here. My family is happy. Of course, I want more, but I will give my everything in the minutes that they give me.”

He then spoke about how Atletico Madrid was very dear to his heart and what a return to the club meant for him.

“So much happiness. As I said when I came back, I was going to give everything. The truth is that I’m very happy here. The only thing I want is to play here and to give everything for the club, for Cholo, and the fans.”

The forward’s loan deal from Barcelona has an obligatory purchase clause that will be triggered if he plays more than 45 minutes in 50% of the matches he is available for.

Los Rojiblancos do not intend to shell out €40 million for him and are therefore ensuring that he does not reach the 45-minute mark in any game. And even though he might not be playing as much as he wants, Griezmann is making the most of his minutes.

Source: Movistar Plus

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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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