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Griezmann ‘will be allowed to leave’ Atletico Madrid, says Simeone

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The forward has been linked with Barcelona

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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has said that Antoine Griezmann will be allowed to leave, if he asks for an exit from the club.

The Frenchman’s future has been the subject of intense speculation and Barcelona are one of several clubs regularly linked.

The latest reports have claimed that Barcelona lead the race to sign Griezmann, ahead of Manchester United.

And Simeone, it seems, will not stand in his way if the 26-year-old decides he wants to move on in the summer.

"Of course Griezmann will be able to leave at some point, the same way (Diego) Costa and Arda Turan were allowed to leave," he said.

"I love my players a lot and I love to see them grow. I am not ungrateful.

"If a player comes to me and says: 'Coach, I have a once in a lifetime chance to play for a certain team, I want to leave'.

"If he did all he could for me as Griezmann does, I'll say it's no problem. I know that he needs to grow."

Source | L’Equipe

Griezmann’s release clause is believed to be €100 million next summer, and it’s looking increasingly likely he will be on the move.

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