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Atletico Madrid President Admits He Would Like to Re-Sign Barcelona Striker Antoine Griezmann

Atletico Madrid's president said he wants Antoine Griezmann back from Barcelona
Atletico Madrid's president said he wants Antoine Griezmann back from Barcelona / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has admitted he would be open to re-signing Antoine Griezmann, but does not expect Barcelona to let him leave before the end of his contract.

Griezmann was considered as one of the world's best forwards during his time at Atleti before making a €120million switch to Camp Nou in the summer of 2019. However, the Frenchman has struggled to justify the massive price tag, and Cerezo would love to see him return to Wanda Metropolitano in the future.

“Any team would be crazy about having Griezmann,” the Atletico chief told Spanish broadcaster Cadena Ser. “He’s a magnificent player and I hope to get him back, but I don’t think Barcelona want to sell him. He’s had magnificent seasons here and was built at Atletico.”

During his two spells at the club, the 30-year-old has managed to score 34 goals in 98 appearances in all competitions. A swap deal with Joao Felix had been rumoured earlier this year, but Cerezo was quick to shut down the possibility of the youngster moving in the summer.

"There's no way he leaves," he added. "He has to adapt, but when he takes off, he'll be one of the most important players on the planet."

Earlier this week, Barcelona president Joan Laporta has warned the club will undergo major changes this summer with decisions to be taken as early as next week. The club president told reporters "renovation work" must be done in the organisation following an "incomprehensible" failure to win LaLiga.

"A cycle has come to an end and we are working on a renewal process," Laporta said. "From next week, you will see several decisions which must be taken. We have to work hard to build a competitive team to win league titles and Champions Leagues.

"When I speak of a cycle coming to an end or about renovation work, it's because it's what I believe must be done. We won the Copa del Rey, which we are proud of, but we were knocked out of the Champions League early and have lost La Liga incomprehensibly from my point of view."