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Atletico Madrid boss on Griezmann loss

Atletico Madrid boss on Griezmann loss

17 May 2019, 20:00

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone says his side will survive the loss of departing striker Antoine Griezmann.

Earlier in the week, it was confirmed that the Frenchman will be leaving the club in the summer, with Spanish giants Barcelona tipped possible destination.

"This team has been competing for almost 10 years now. Players left, like Diego Ribas, Arda Taran, Raul Garcia, Radamel Falcao, Diego Forlan, Sergio Aguero, and the club kept going thanks to a better structure than before,” said Simeone.

"The player we look for will be someone who can cover three-quarters of the field very well, scores 20 goals a season, and is available cheap!

"It is very difficult, but he will have to be motivated and excited to wear this shirt. It is difficult to get a ready-made superstar. [But we can sign] a Griezmann from Real Sociedad, who can become a Griezmann of the future, or a Rodrigo from Villarreal, or a Jan Oblak from Portugal. I keep sticking to these dreams."

The 26-year-old has netted 133 goals in five season but Simeone says he had plenty of experience of replacing big-name forwards with emerging stars.

Read More: Simeone takes a dig at referees favoring Barcelona

 

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