Diego Simeone has stressed it is vital that Atletico Madrid keep hold of Antione Griezmann beyond the summer, calling the striker the 'future' of the club.
Griezmann scored his 15th La Liga goal of the season in Los Rojiblancos' 3-2 victory over Valencia on Wednesday to put Barcelona's title celebrations on hold until at least the weekend.
Despite announcing his decision to stay with the club during a live television show entitled 'La Decision' last summer, constant links to the Catalan side that have caused uncertainty among Atletico supporters. However, Simeone insisted that the Frenchman is crucial for the club going forward and that he hopes to see the 28-year-old lineup at the Wanda Metropolitano next season.
"A very important player for the present and the future of the club and the team," he said, via Mundo Deportivo. "He is one of the captains and we hope that next season he will have an intense season like now."
3 - @atletienglish's @AntoGriezmann is one of the three players to have scored 15+ goals in LaLiga in each of the last five seasons, alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. Prince. pic.twitter.com/CGd7wk78dZ— OptaJose (@OptaJose) April 24, 2019
Regardless of being tied down to a long-term contract in the Spanish capital