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Guardiola admits he isn’t planning on hijacking Barcelona’s move for Griezmann

Pep Guardiola has moved to deny reports Manchester City are interested in Antoine Griezmann.

The Atletico Madrid star this week announced he would be leaving the club after five years in the Spanish capital, with Spanish champions Barcelona the favourites to activate the Frenchman’s £108m release clause.

The 28-year-old refused interest from the Catalan club last summer to remain in Madrid, though now looks set to move to the Nou Camp after deciding to leave Diego Simeone’s side.

Griezmann’s availability is said to have alerted several of Europe’s elite, including the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Man City, however, speaking ahead of today’s FA Cup final, Guardiola insists the Premier League champions have no plans to hijack his former club’s move for the forward.

“People of Barcelona, don’t worry guys, we are not going to buy Griezmann, we cannot afford it,” Guardiola said in his pre-match press conference.

“The people at Barcelona don’t need to worry, we are not interested.”

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