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“He will regret leaving his current club”says Barcelona superstar on incoming player

Griezmann to Barcelona rumours have resurfaced but one of his countryman has advised him against moving clubs and staying loyal to the Rojiblancos.

Generally while on National duty, players try to convince their teammates to join their club sides. But Samuel Umtiti has suggested his friend, Antoine Griezmann, to stay at Atletico Madrid. Griezmann has been rumoured to the Catalan club for a while now but the French defender feels that Madrid is the right place for the attacker. He has even suggested that the former Real Sociedad man would regret leaving the Rojiblancos.

“Antoine is very happy in Madrid”

Umtiti is currently with the Les Bleus for France’s Euro 2020 qualifying campaign. It began with Griezmann getting on the score-sheet in a 4-1 victory over Moldova. But the centre-back has sensed no signs that Griezmann is unsettled with his current club.

“I know Antoine is very happy in Madrid, it’s going well for him, it’s a team that plays for him, and after that, in a career there are choices that we can take and that we can regret,” he explained to Telefoot.“But I know he feels good there. He could play in any club around the world because of his qualities, whether in Barcelona or elsewhere, and be happy and successful.”

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Umtiti on his recurring injury problems

Umtiti himself hasn’t had the best time after returning victorious from Russia. The defender has spent a considerable amount of time on the sidelines due to injuries. His problematic knee was an isuue before the World Cup but he admits to have played through the pain barrier. The 25-year-old now admits he took a major risk playing with the fitness issue. However, he feels justified in his decision, despite the problems which have followed.

“Yes, I took a risk. It’s every four years and you’re never sure if you will play it many times,” he added. “So it was a dream that I realised. I forced it on my left knee and it has made things a bit more complicated over this season. But I do not regret that choice.I feel good. I’m trying to get back to the rhythm after several months of inactivity. It’s pretty complicated. Training and matches is the only way I’m going to find the rhythm and feel good.”

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Author’s Take

Samuel Umtiti makes a very valid point. Griezmann could be the main man at Atletico Madrid, unlike in Barcelona where Messi is the the messiah. By exhibiting loyalty to Los Colchoneros, he would become a cult figure in Madrid. But at 28, this would be the last opportunity for a big move for Griezmann unless he can maintain the levels of consistency. Griezmann’s urge to move, if there is any, can be understood.

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