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Simeone hopes he can convince Barcelona target Griezmann to stay at Atletico Madrid

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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone says he’s still hopeful he can convince Antoine Griezmann to stay at the club after this season.

Barcelona have been heavily linked with a move for the France international with some reports suggesting they already have an agreement with the player.

However, Simeone hasn’t given up on his star man yet and says the club need to show him they can continue to improve.

”We want the best for Griezmann. I hope we can make him see that the team will continue to grow,” he said.

“The greatest thing for a footballer is to see that things are growing and that they’re real, not just words.

”We’re fighting with Barca, we have the chance of the Europa League final... good things have happened every year.

”We have to give him all the tools so that he’s inclined to continue improving here, when he has to decide.”

Source | Goal

Griezmann has said he wants his future sorted out before this summer’s World Cup which means he’ll need to make his mind up pretty quickly once the season has finished.