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Lionel Messi hints at Barcelona move for Antoine Griezmann

Speculation over Antoine Griezmann leaving Atletico Madrid for Barcelona has intensified over the past month.

Lionel Messi has dropped a major hint that Antoine Griezmann could be on his way to Barcelona.

The Atletico Madrid striker lead his side to Europa League glory with a brilliant brace last week.

And despite signing a new deal at the club just last summer, speculation over the Frenchman moving to Barcelona has intensified over the past month.

This hasn’t been helped by Messi’s recent comments to Spanish radio station RAC1.

“It’s obvious that I like him,” the 30-year-old said. “He’s one of the best right now.

“I don’t know if there’s anything with him or not, but we’re delighted that the best come and Griezmann is one of them.”

According to AS, Messi has even told Griezmann that “they are waiting for him with open arms in the Barca dressing room”.

Barcelona’s ongoing interest in the 27-year-old recently led to Atletico Madrid CEO Miguel Angel Gil Martin releasing a statement, slamming their La Liga rivals.

He wrote: “That a president, player and a board member speak the way they’ve done about the future of a player with an existing contract and just a few days before disputing a European final, is an absolute lack of respect towards Atletico Madrid and its fans.

“Atletico de Madrid’s stance is very clear and has been made public on numerous occasions. Not once have we negotiated for Griezmann nor do we have any intention to do so.

“A few months ago, I personally expressed to Barcelona’s president that our player isn’t for sale nor are we going to sell him.

“At the same time, I let him know that his inappropriate conduct was against the integrity of the competition, especially since we’ve been competing for the league title throughout the season and Barcelona have been continuously pressuring one of the most relevant players from our squad.

“I also told him in that moment, that in the chance the player exercised his right to nullify his contract due to their pressure throughout the season that Atletico de Madrid would demand Barcelona compensation for their inappropriate behaviour.

“Enough is enough. I hope this statement serves its purpose and that us Atletico fans can enjoy this moment and prepare ourselves for a final like we should.”

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