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Atletico president makes eye-catching transfer claim on Griezmann

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Antoine Griezmann is currently on the books of Barcelona but Atletico president Enrique Cerez says the door is open for the Frenchman to return.

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Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has admitted that he hopes to bring Antoine Griezmann back to the club from Barcelona.

The Frenchman emerged as one of the top forwards in Europe during his five-year stay at Atletico before completing a €120m move to Camp Nou in the summer of 2019.

Griezmann has since struggled to live up to the same high standards with Barca, and Cerezo would love to see him return to Wanda Metropolitano in the future.

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“Any team would be crazy about having Griezmann,” the Atletico chief told Spanish broadcaster Cadena Ser. “He’s a magnificent player and I hope to get him back, but I don’t think Barcelona want to sell him.

“He’s had magnificent seasons here and was built at Atletico.”

Griezmann’s second season at Barca has been slightly better than his first in terms of his output in the final third, but he has still struggled for consistency under the stewardship of Ronald Koeman.

The 30-year-old has hit 19 goals in 50 appearances across all competitions to date, including one in their 4-0 Copa del Rey final victory over Athletic Club, while also providing 12 assists for his team-mates.

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Griezmann was far more influential during his time on Atletico’s books, having nailed down a role as the main centre-forward in Diego Simeone’s team.

The World Cup winner found the net 133 times in 257 games for Los Rojiblancos and helped them win three trophies, including the 2017-18 Europa League.