When Antoine Griezmann left Atletico Madrid for Barcelona in 2019, he left a sour taste in the mouth of several Rojiblanco fans. After all, he was a player who they considered their own and whose departure was seen as a betrayal.
When that happened fans outside Wanda Metropolitano vandalised the Frenchman’s plaque brutally and directed nasty chants toward him to show their anger toward the player.
Needless to say, many supporters were not in favour of his return on loan last year and called on the board to reject the move.
In the team’s documentary “Another Way of Living: Atletico de Madrid” released recently on Amazon Prime video, Griezmann can be seen acknowledging the same and giving his thoughts on winning back the support.
“I understand that some people [Atlético Madrid fans] are still not happy with my presence here and I try to work at 10,000% to turn that around, and I’m in the process of trying to make people fall in love with me again.”
Later in the documentary, he also explained the butterflies in his stomach when he completed his return to the Metropolitano and said that he could not sleep that night.
“From 10:00 PM until 12:00 AM, when the deal was sealed, I was in bed feeling every possible emotion. And finally, I screamed with joy at 12:01 AM. I was very happy.”
While he has been in good form this season, Griezmann finds himself in a complicated situation. Los Rojiblancos do not intend to activate the purchase clause on his loan and have been playing him only after the 60th minute to ensure that he does not meet the required time clause.
Barcelona are preparing legal action against the Madrid-based side, but Atletico are confident that they will come out on top in court.
Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo
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.