07 Apr Barcelona News: Valverde tells fans not to jeer Antoine Griezmann
The Frenchman allegedly was near a move to Camp Nou summer, but he’s expected to face a rough ride if he returns this weekend
Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann shouldn’t be booed by Barcelona lovers in Saturday’s crunch La Liga battle, says Ernesto Valverde.
Griezmann was closely connected with linking Barca last season but rather chose to remain at Atletico, talking his potential in a televised documentary made by Gerard Pique’s business.
Although new speculation has indicated Griezmann is eager on a move to Camp Nou in the conclusion of the year, the France international has stated he’s”fed up” with all the rumours.
Atletico president Enrique Cerezo additionally told Spanish TV series El Rondo:”I will affirm 1,000 percent he will continue being a participant of Atletico Madrid next year.”
Griezmann may confront a frosty reception when Atletico see Barca this weekend, Diego Simeone’s side planning to place pressure on Valverde’s team leaders.
However Valverde would favor if fans didn’t make Griezmann the center of focus for the match, which might see Barca move 11 points clear on peak of the table.
“I want the fans to listen to people, not resistance players, encouraging us rather than considering them,” Valverde told a news conference. “I really don’t enjoy when we proceed to other reasons and get booed, it is like lovers give more significance to the resistance than their side, we need the reverse.
“Every participant is totally free to decide over their future, exactly enjoy the clubs may pick who they maintain. Everybody is free to choose their conclusions and it is just another game for us. Griezmann is a superb player so we will take good care, but nothing more than that.
“I am the coach of a team who tomorrow are enjoying yet another team where you will find different coaches and players. I really don’t like to speak about players from additional teams, just as that I would not enjoy it if the resistance coach spoke about my team. It is a matter of respect.”
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Alvaro Morata is a doubt for Saturday’s game because of an ankle injury, but Valverde affirmed Barcelona were interested in signing that the Spain striker at the January transfer window.
Morata rather opted for a return to his boyhood club Atletico, where he’s scored four LaLiga goals in eight appearances, while Barca transferred for Kevin-Prince Boateng on loan from Serie A side Sassuolo.
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“It is like what, he had been talked about as a goal here, like most other people,” Valverde added. “But today he plays Atletico.
“The function that he was likely to own here as another striker is not exactly the same as in Atletico, therefore every player needs to think of what he desires. It is speculation.
“Boateng has come , he is not playing a lot of, but we mentioned to him directly from the beginning.”