Ernesto Valverde reacts to latest Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona rumours

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"I bumped into Griezmann when I was on holiday past year and we held a meeting with his agent last October".

"We have great people in our club who handle the economic section that they are doing magnificently".

RMC report tonight that Barcelona intend to sign French global attacker Antoine Griezmann this summer, but only after the 1st of July, when a clause in his Atletico Madrid contract comes into effect which sees his release clause drop from €200m to €100m.

Speaking over the weekend, Barça president Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed he had met with the player's agent and also held unspecified talks with Atleti president Enrique Cerezo.

"We've been competing for the title and Barcelona have been continuously pressuring one of the most important players in our squad".

Atletico are not pleased with the recent developments as club chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin reiterated that their star player is not for sale.

Barca's apparent pursuit of Griezmann prompted Atletico to complain to Federation Internationale de Football Association over improper conduct in December, though the Camp Nou side denied their claims. Barcelona boss Bartomeu in an interview said: "I don't want to talk about players at other clubs". Marin's plea followed a report by Cadena Cope radio station that "Barcelona have told Atletico Madrid they are going to pay Antonie Griezmann's get out clause".

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Gil Marin hinted he believes Barca tried to unsettle Griezmann to derail Atleti's LaLiga title bid.

Griezmann has scored 30 goals in 51 games this season and can end the campaign by winning the Europa League, with Atletico facing Marseille in the final later this month.

"Enough is enough. I hope this statement serves its goal and that us Atletico fans can enjoy this moment and prepare ourselves for a final like we should".

"Antoine Griezmann is a player of Atletico Madrid and the future has to be decided by him".

Griezmann was linked with a move to Manchester United last summer before he committed his future to Atletico.

He then added: "I saw Griezmann one day on holiday".

"I can not tell you anything else because I do not know anything else".

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