Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Lemar hopes team-mate Antoine Griezmann will stick around for next season amid renewed speculation over a potential move to Barcelona.
Griezmann controversially turned down a move to Camp Nou last summer through a bizarre documentary in favour of committing himself to a new contract at Atletico in light of their Europa League success.
Almost 12 months later, however, Barcelona have allegedly renewed their interest in signing Griezmann, with both star forwards Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in their thirties.
Not helping matters for Atletico was their Champions League exit to Juventus in the last-16 stage, which apparently caused Griezmann to have second thoughts on remaining at the Wanda Metropolitano.
But Lemar, who joined Atletico last summer from French side AS Monaco, hopes his France team-mate is going nowhere.
“If you want to know, you have to ask him,” Lemar told Telefoot.
“I do not know anything at all. I hope he stays, I just signed, I do not even ask the question for the moment.”
The 23-year-old came off the bench to score a late match-winner for Atletico to help see off SD Eibar 1-0 on Saturday.
Lemar hasn’t had the easiest of starts with Los Colchoneros after being named in the line-up only 18 times in their 33 La Liga games.
“I’m at a new club, I have to adapt to a new game system, a new league, and it does not happen overnight,” said Lemar on his debut campaign.
“My season is not exceptional, but you have to be very alert defensively, it is the requirement of Atletico.
“I’m not going to say that it’s hard, but it’s a strength that will allow me to go above and beyond.
“What can be said about me does not affect me too much. I know what I have to do. The club wanted me.”
The French World Cup winner has managed three goals and five assists in 38 appearances for Atletico across all competitions this season.