Atletico Madrid not happy with Barcelona pursuit of Antonio Griezmann

Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann (L) vies with Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona against Club Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 04, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE

MADRID- Atletico Madrid has hit out at Barcelona attempts to sign their star striker Antonio Griezmann, sayimg they are “fed up” with the Spanish champions pursuits and their attitude towards the situation.

Griezamann is rumored to sign with the Catalan side at the end of the season, with many Spanish media reporting that Barca is willing to pay up to $118.64 million, the amount that is on his release clause.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu admitted he had spoken to the player’s agent.

CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin of Aletico said on the club’s website, “We’re fed up with Barcelona’s attitude,”

“(Speaking) about the future of a player with a current contract just a few days before disputing a European final is an absolute lack of respect towards Atletico Madrid and their fans.”

Marin said Atletico, said his club are second in La Liga, facing Olympique de Marseille in the Europa League final on May 16, told Barcelona “a few months ago” that Griezmann was not for sale and that they not negotiate any terms.

Marin added, “I let (Bartomeu) know his inappropriate conduct was against the integrity of the competition, especially as we’ve been competing for the title and Barcelona have been continuously pressuring one of the most important players in our squad.”

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