Griezmann attracts criticism for ´racist´ fancy dress

Diego Simeone has said Antione Griezmann will be allowed to leave Atletico Madrid

United, long-term suitors of Griezmann, were linked with a move for him throughout the summer window but declined to make a concrete offer for his services.

Barcelona have stepped up their bid to sign Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann.

The Catalan giants' president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has met with the player's family as they aim to beat the likes of Manchester United to his signature. "I love them growing up, I'm not ungrateful", Argentinian Simeone said.

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His contribution to Atletico's cause has improved in recent outings, but it would appear that the conjecture over his future during the close season has impacted the forward more than many thought it would.

"I'm not a big defender of the January market but there are players and situations that sometimes you have the chance to do [something] and you shouldn't lose that chance", Mourinho said.

Griezmann has scored seven goals in 18 matches in all competitions this campaign, having netted at least 25 times in each of the past three seasons.

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"I love watching my players grow, and if one of them tells me that they have the unique opportunity of playing for a certain team, after they did everything they could for me, like Griezmann has done, I'll say it's not a problem".

"I can't believe we're out here in 2017 saying don't dress up in blackface".

'Of course Griezmann will be able to leave at some point, the same way (Diego) Costa and Arda Turan were allowed to leave, ' he told.

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