Hasselbaink hopes Griezmann picks Chelsea over Barcelona

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink would love to see Antoine Griezmann take on a fresh challenge at Chelsea rather than head off to Barcelona.

Griezmann confirmed this month he will end his five-year stay at Atletico Madrid and is heavily expected to join Barcelona in the summer.

The French forward was ultimately let down by Atletico’s campaign, which saw them finish 11 points behind La Liga champions Barcelona and exit the Champions League last-16 stage at the hands of Juventus.

Therefore, Griezmann will likely head over to Camp Nou where he can enjoy plenty silverware coming his way alongside Lionel Messi.

But Hasselbaink has suggested an interesting alternative for Griezmann, which would see him try his luck out in the Premier League at Chelsea.

“He can pick whoever he wants to play for. I would love to see him at Chelsea or in the Premier League, seeing how he’d cope with it but he can pick whatever he wants,” the Dutchman told us-bookies.com.

“If it is Barcelona, then what a combination that’ll be with Luis Suarez and [Lionel] Messi. It’s not great for [Philippe] Coutinho, it’ll be difficult for him to cope with another addition but he’s still a world-class player.”

PETERBOROUGH, ENGLAND - APRIL 02: Northampton Town manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink during the Sky Bet League One match between Peterborough United and Northampton Town at ABAX Stadium on April 2, 2018 in Peterborough, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)
PETERBOROUGH, ENGLAND – APRIL 02: Northampton Town manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink during the Sky Bet League One match between Peterborough United and Northampton Town at ABAX Stadium on April 2, 2018 in Peterborough, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Hasselbaink scored 81 goals in 169 appearances for Chelsea between 2000 to 2004 and won the FA Charity Shield at Stamford Bridge.

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The 47-year-old also played for Atletico, where he found the net 33 times in 43 games, before retiring in 2008 at Cardiff City and taking up coaching.

Meanwhile, Hasselbaink also offered Chelsea some transfer advice for the summer if they are successful in overturning FIFA’s two-window ban.

“If Chelsea don’t have a transfer ban, I think they’ll target two Crystal Palace players,” he said.

“Firstly, Aaron Wan-Bissaka can push Cesar Azpilicueta for a starting place and will learn a lot from him. He’s a very good right-back, and can defend very well.

“And then Wilfried Zaha brings the excitement. If Eden Hazard goes, you need somebody to take players on.

“Yes, they have Callum Hudson-Odoi but any good side needs four wide players, especially if something happens to Pedro or Willian.

“I think it will be difficult for Crystal Palace to keep them, with all due respect. If they’re going to go, I think it’s best for them to stay in London.

“Yes, Wilfried Zaha had a difficult move to Man United that didn’t work out so I think it’d be good for him to stay in London.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Fans of Chelsea wave their flags during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final Second Leg match between Chelsea and Eintracht Frankfurt at Stamford Bridge on May 09, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 09: Fans of Chelsea wave their flags during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final Second Leg match between Chelsea and Eintracht Frankfurt at Stamford Bridge on May 09, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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