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Griezmann to decide future before World Cup

Griezmann to decide future before World Cup

Griezmann's release clause drops to €100million (£88m) in the summer and it is expected that Ernesto Valverde's side will make a move for the striker.

Griezmann, who today said he wanted his future resolving before the World Cup, is understood to be Barcelona's top target for the summer after the capture of Philippe Coutinho for £142million in January.

The France striker has been continuously linked with a move away from Madrid, most notably with Barcelona and Manchester United, but nothing has yet come to fruition.

He told L'Equipe: "My future will be decided before the World Cup. He is still with us and he has not told me he is going yet", Costa said.

"It's not the question of knowing where I'll play that is the most troublesome, but more the fact that you get called all the time and are being asked: 'So, what do you think of that?"

He continued: "It is certain that after last summer, between my statements and their repercussions, it was hard to think only about football and to have fun on the field".

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Atletico have suggested they will do what ever they can to keep Griezmann.

"It's certain that after last summer, following what I said and the repercussions, it was hard to only think about football and enjoy myself on the pitch".

"I think that he'll stay", Costa said, while on press duty for the Spain national team at a recent media conference, as quoted by Marca, prompting several in the media to dub it his "Pique se queda" moment.

"He knows that he is an important player for Atlético".

The arrival of Diego Costa could well have made things more hard for Griezmann at the Wanda Metropolitano, but he insists that is not the case. He is still with us, I hope he continues to be.


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