Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has said Antoine Griezmann is ‘free to leave’ the club after interest from Barcelona.
Rewind back to the summer and the long talked about return of Diego Costa was the main talking point around the Wanda Metropolitano but in the background remained little whispers on the future of French international Griezmann.
La Liga duo Barcelona and Real Madrid made tentative contact over a potential move, whilst Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea were also linked.
The former have been keen on bringing the former Real Sociedad man to Old Trafford for sometime with boss Jose Mourinho a big admirer, whilst Stamford Bridge officials are also keen, having lost Costa in that aforementioned transfer.
But it now seems Barcelona are favourites after a report in Le10Sport claims that a deal has been reached in principle between the Frenchman and the Catalan club.
Griezmann is experiencing his worst form in an Atleti shirt and perhaps in La Liga since his arrival back in 2005.
The 26-year-old has not scored for Diego Simeone’s side since the 27th of September when he netted against Chelsea in the Champions League, whilst his last league goal came four days previous against Sevilla.
Having spent time reflecting on the Frenchman’s situation, team-mate Koke has weighed in on his future and form at the club.
“Griezmann had the chance to leave after last season but he didn’t,” Koke is quoted as saying by Diario AS.
“I think that shows he likes the club and wants to stay but of course if there is anyone who doesn’t like it here they are free to leave as the club only want committed players.
“If players aren’t committed all they need to do is ask for a transfer because the only people who should be at the club are those who have their entire focus on it.
“I believe Griezmann is committed. Maybe in the last month we haven’t been good but we are improving as a team.”
A dip in form for the Frenchman is similar to that of Barcelona’s Luis Suarez and Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo, making it less familiar with watching La Liga fans.
Whilst a move next summer looks more likely, it is expected that a number of big transfers will happen in January.