Diego Simeone has asked his team’s fans to help keep reported Barcelona and Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann happy at his current club.
“I know [Griezmann] as I have him here every day,” Simeone said. “He is a fantastic kid, always happy, humble, motivated, with an enormous heart. A guy who helps the dressing room, is always involved. If I was an Atletico fan, I would do everything possible not to lose Griezmann. He has improved thanks to the work with the coaching staff here. When Griezmann is playing well he is a decisive player.”
“We just think about the game we have in front of us,” he said. “To look any further would not bring us anywhere. The reality we live in is always just the next game.”
“I do not even know the team myself yet,” Simeone said. “We will see how the players have recovered from Thursday’s game. [Costa and Oblak] have a chance as they are in the squad.”
“They will lose aerial power, but will gain in speed with [Inaki] Williams up front,” Simeone said. “He is a dangerous player. With our aim to press up we leave space behind, so we must be very aware of that.”