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Griezmann has not told me he is leaving, claims Diego Costa

Diego Costa has told reporters that Atletico Madrid team-mate Antoine Griezmann has now yet told him of his future.

The French attacker has been in superb form this season, netting an impressive 23 goals in 38 appearances and gaining further plaudits from a number of on looking clubs.

Having been linked with an exit from the club last summer after interest from both Barca and English club Manchester United; the French international is subject to further speculation as we approach this summer.

Barca have been closely monitoring his situation with some reports claiming a deal in principle has been agreed, whilst the Catalan club have kept the number seven shirt free for his potential arrival.

Griezmann has told reporters recently that he will decide on his future before the World Cup this summer, and Atleti officials are now planning to offer the former Real Sociedad man – his biggest ever deal.

And, Diego Costa has told reporters ahead of Spain’s upcoming friendlies with Germany and Argentina, that he does not know anything on his strike partner’s future.

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“Griezmann has not told me he will leave, I think he will stay, when I was in Brazil, he always called me to say ‘come back’ – so I do not think he will leave me.”

Currently on 14m euros per year, Griezmann is the highest paid player at the Wanda Metropolitano, but it is understood that Miguel Angel Gil Marin will increase that amount.

Barca, who are favourites to sign Griezmann, lead the La Liga table over Atletico Madrid with nine games remaining, making the end to the domestic season in Spain an exciting prospect.

Both sides now have numerous players on international in the next seven days, before they return to face Sevilla (away) and Deportivo (home), respectively.

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