Diego Simeone, during the pre-match press conference against Levante. In video, statements by the Atlético de Madrid coach.

After several days moved as a result of Antoine Griezmann's announcement to leave Atlético de Madrid, this Friday came the turn of Diego Pablo Simeone. The Argentinean coach, who suggested that Griezmann will eventually sign for Barcelona, ​​has taken advantage of the press conference prior to the game against Levante to thank the Frenchman for his performance during the five seasons he has been at the club and to send a message of tranquility. "It seems that everything moves and you have to be calm because nothing moves," said the coach of Atletico, remembering other great players who left the club in previous seasons and the team knew how to redo.

Asked about the reasons why those stars decide to leave the club, Simeone did not doubt about the answer. "They are always looking for very important teams like Bayern Munich, in the case of Lucas Hernández, possibly Barcelona (in reference to Griezmann), and they are better teams than us, as clubs are historically better, without a doubt. growth, "he has responded forcefully.

Regarding the meeting last Tuesday, in which Griezmann expressed his intention to leave, Simeone stressed that his player "was very clear and forceful." "From the love that I have, I told him absolutely everything I think and what we said to him remains clearly between us," he said, recalling that Atlético have already overcome similar situations in their recent past. "As a person I love him very much, I have a great relationship with his family, in life I learned not to judge the decisions of others and to give everything without expecting anything." One of the most goalscorers in the history of Atlético is gone after five wonderful years in which he has given us everything, "he recalled.

"We signed the renewal after losing with Real Madrid and we did not do it thinking that everything would continue in the same way." We knew about Juanfran, Filipe Luis, Godín, Griezmann's possibility of leaving, Lucas had already passed. .. We signed knowing that the club is much bigger than all of us, Torres, Forlán, Agüero, Falcao, Mandzukic, Costa, Griezmann … And the club kept competing because now it has a strength that is not the same as before ", has stressed.

At the time of signing a substitute for the French striker, Cholo explained that "it is very difficult to bet on a superhero and crack"and that they prefer" to look for a possible Griezmann in the future. "" To a player like Griezmann arrived from Real Sociedad, Rodrigo del Villarreal, Oblak del Benfica … We are that and if we do not know we have to go " , has warned, adding with laughter that they will look for "one who plays very well in three quarters of court, who makes 20 goals a year and who is worth little." "It is very difficult," he acknowledged.

In addition, Simeone has compared the departure of Griezmann with the one he lived during his time as a player: "It was my turn to leave Atlético when I would have liked to stay for the rest of my life and understood that as a player I was no longer useful for that moment in the club. Hopefully we keep having the eye to continue growing and competing as always. "

In an appearance that turned almost entirely on the figure of Griezmann, Simeone has also had time to refer to the future of Rodrigo. "I have the ability to open my head to understand everything, we are talking a lot with Rodrigo, the players who have come in recent years are the ones who have adapted the best, he is very happy in Madrid and what we transmit to him is that he is 22 years old. and a lot to improve, there are a lot of very important players who leave places to fill in. I have no doubt that Rodrigo, Saúl, Koke, Giménez … They are the ones who are going to generate that ", he concluded.

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