Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has dropped a big hint that Antoine Griezmann will not be at the club for much longer.
The Argentinian was speaking in his post match press conference following the 0-0 draw in the Madrid derby at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, a result which did neither side any favours.
It was a tale of the woes of both sides number sevens, with Cristiano Ronaldo having only scored one goal in La Liga this season, and Antoine Griezmann having not scored in eight games.
Griezmann, who had a disappointing game, was replaced in the 76th minute by former Liverpool and Chelsea striker, Fernando Torres, with the Frenchman being booed by sections of the home support. Speaking after the game, Simeone had some interesting comments about the booing, and dropped a hint that Griezmann’s future lies away from Los Rojiblancos.
“In my house I was taught that while someone is part of the family, you stand up for them until the death.”
While on the face of it, Simeone is only telling the Atletico fans to get behind their star man, the word ‘while’ in his sentence infers that he is not going to be a ‘part of the family’ for much longer.
There has been much speculation around the future of Griezmann. The 26-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United last summer, while there have been rumours recently of interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid. United have reportedly promised him the number seven shirt which has remained vacant for almost 12 months, while Real Madrid are claimed to want Griezmann to replace Gareth Bale, who is believed to be for sale.