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Antoine Griezmann’s sister denies talks with Barcelona

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Antoine Griezmann’s sister has denied speculation that the Atletico Madrid star has been in contact with Barcelona over a summer move.

Less than a year after turning down a €100m transfer to Barcelona in favour of committing his long-term future to Atletico by signing a new contract until June 2023, Griezmann is being linked with yet another switch to Camp Nou.

It’s understood that the French forward is frustrated over Atletico’s Champions League last-16 exit at the hands of Juventus after blowing a 2-0 first-leg advantage to lose the tie 3-2 on aggregate.

This prompted speculation that Griezmann was having second thoughts on his decision to stay put at Atletico as the club look set to go the entire campaign trophyless upon falling 10 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona following a 2-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao last weekend.

But Maud Griezmann insists her brother’s full concentration lies with Atletico, despite the ever-persistent rumours over a transfer to Barcelona.

“That’s right, Antoine is disappointed by this elimination, since one of his objectives while staying at Atletico was to win the Champions League in his stadium,” Maud told L’Equipe.

“But he is the same as his team-mates, coach, officials and fans. It’s tiring to read new things every day about what my brother thinks and about whoever says they know what he’s thinking.

“The only people who have been managing my brother’s interests for two years are myself, my father, Alain, and our lawyer, Sevan Karian. If there is a club we are in contact with right now, it’s Atletico Madrid and no other.”

Griezmann has managed 18 goals and eight assists in 39 appearances for Atletico across all competitions this season.

The 27-year-old is currently on international duty for France, who will take on Moldova in their Group H opener on Friday for their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

The world champions will then host Iceland in Paris three days later.